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Up in the Air (2009)

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Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire.

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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 76 wins & 158 nominations. See more awards »

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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-traveller woman of his dreams.

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

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23 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor sin escalas  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,181,450, 6 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,823,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$166,842,739
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The 35mm print was sent to theaters code titled "Sydney". See more »

Goofs

In one scene, Ryan is upset with his assistant that his next rental car will be a Dodge Stratus. His assistant tells him he is trying for a Chrysler Sebring. In fact, the Stratus and Sebring are essentially the same car. Additionally, the model Sebring pictured (2007-2011), there is no Stratus counterpart as it was discontinued in 2006. It would have made more sense to ask for a Chrysler 300, a more upscale model than either of them. See more »

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Natalie Keener: [on the docks in Miami] What happened to Alex?
Ryan Bingham: She had to leave town to get to a meeting
Natalie Keener: That's too bad, where'd she live?
Ryan Bingham: Chicago
Natalie Keener: Are you going to go see her?
Ryan Bingham: We don't really have that kind of relationship
Natalie Keener: What kind of relationship do you have?
Ryan Bingham: Casual
Natalie Keener: Sounds pretty special
Natalie Keener: Do you think there's a future there?
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Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane. See more »


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O.P.P.
(1991)
Written by Vin Rock (as Vincent Brown), Anthony 'Treach' Criss (as Anthony Criss),
DJ Kay Gee (as Kier Gist), Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy, Jr.), Fonce Mizell (as Alphonso Mizell), Freddie Perren (as Frederick Perren), and Deke Richards
Performed by Naughty By Nature
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Contains a sample of "ABC" (1970)
Written by Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy, Jr.), Fonce Mizell (as Alphonso Mizell),
Freddie Perren (as Frederick Perren), and Deke Richards
Performed by Jackson 5
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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George Clooney shows something he has never shown before. vulnerability.
4 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Halfway through this movie I considered it an 8 out of 10 and decently spent money. The second half came as a big surprise. George Clooney let go of all his suave and let his eyes show fear and isolation that real people feel.

There were two things going on in this movie. On one end, we were looking at the people getting fired. On the other end, we were seeing the problems with Ryan's way of life. The interviews at the end with the people who lost their jobs explaining that it was family and support that brought them through bad times hit a perfect note for bringing both parts of the story together.

The title of this film literally explains what it is like to not know what aspects of your life are solid, such as a home or a significant other. Everything going on is simply up in the air. One day, what you thought was one way will turn out to be something else entirely.

Best of Reitman's three. Very much recommend it.


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