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Up in the Air (I) (2009)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  23 December 2009 (USA)
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With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest.



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Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor sin escalas  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,181,450 (USA) (4 December 2009)


$83,813,460 (USA) (2 April 2010)

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Did You Know?


Walter Kirn:  The author of the novel sits to the left of Ryan Bingham during Natalie's introduction. See more »


When Ryan gets dropped off after leaving the school, we see him walking inside with the hood of the car still in place, in the next shot, the car is gone. See more »


[first lines]
Terminated Employee: This is what I get in return for 30 years of service for my company? And they send some yo-yo like you in here to try to tell me that I'm out of a job? They should be telling you *you're* out of a job.
Terminated Employee: You have a lot of gall coming in here and firing your number one producer. And then you're going to go home tomorrow and make more money than you've ever made in your life, and I'm going to go home without a pay check. Fuck you.
Terminated Employee: I just... I guess you leave me dumbfounded. I don't ...
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Crazy Credits

Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane. See more »


Featured in DR2 Premiere: Episode #4.1 (2010) See more »


Written by 'Charles Wyatt (II)' & Matt Greenberg
Performed by 'Charles Atlas (III)'
Courtesy of Charles Atlas
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An engaging drama
16 January 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a man who fires people for a living. His world becomes upside down when his job is radically changed by a newly recruited young fresh graduate.

"Up in the Air" is a well made film. The plot focuses on character development and emotional changes of the characters. It is not easy to make characters interesting and memorable, but "Up in the Air" does just that. Both the characters of George Clooney and Anna Kendrick have strongly divergent attitudes and personalities, but they have great chemistry and change each other slowly but surely. How they radically shake each others core belief is engagingly told. I enjoyed watching "Up in the Air" a lot, as it tells an engaging story of self discovery.

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