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


When the photographer is taking a picture of the wedding party in front of the church, you can briefly see a "Maplewood Methodist Church" sign on the right hand side. Although the scene was filmed in Maplewood, Missouri, the wedding takes place at a Lutheran Church in Waupaca, Wisconsin. All other sign designations identifying the church were changed to fit the location in the film, except this one. 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 »


References The Terminator (1984) See more »


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) & 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) & Deke Richards
Performed by Jackson 5
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Decent Satire
7 December 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

We are drawn in by interesting, unique storyline and smart satirizations. About a man whose unique job is to fly around the country to inform people that they are fired. He meets a young ambitious woman that joins his company and who wants to change the system. Her ideas clash with his personal lifestyle choices.

What the movie really is about is lifestyle choices, and relationship choices, choosing independence and freedom versus commitment and well established interpersonal relationships. By taking a definitive stance the movie provides interesting commentary on those that for whatever reason (not necessarily for work) don't stay put.

A Monotone mood is established, that gave a bland aspect as though nothing substantial was happening. Part of the story took a dull meandering at times, however there were unconventional plot twists that made something that was seemingly Hollywood predictable not that way at all. And it was still interesting and entertaining to watch the contemporary witticisms.

The two main characters, although not the most true to life characters ever created, were brilliant satires of people we all know. We are all too familiar with the fiercely independent, non-committal, cockily at ease bachelor and we have also come across the, sharp, type A, ivy league know it all yet with an obvious naivety especially shown with her declaration of the specific laundry list of traits that her partner must have.

There were also some smart satirical illustrations of contemporary times in business, relationships, how people interact and the recession. For example the use of the smart phones in the new techno/relationship world is not simply put in as a momentum mechanism but is used as a symbol to satirize contemporary society.

It is not so much Clooney's acting that is a marvel as the casting, which was perfect. By being so spot on by choosing someone on the cusp of getting a little older yet with plenty of playful, youthful vigor we sense the conflict and the melancholy.

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