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Up in the Air (2009)

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Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling 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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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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23 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor sin escalas  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

The film was released in Russia as "I Wish I Could Rise to the Sky" (a quotation from a popular song). The Croatian release was called "Neither in the Sky Nor on Earth". See more »

Goofs

When Ryan checks out of the Hilton, the desk clerk swipes his credit card. At hotels in the Hilton chain, the credit card is swiped at check in and the guest is simply given a bill (usually slipped under the hotel room door) on the last day of their stay. Also, since he's an HHonors member, his credit card information is probably already on file. See more »

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Flight Attendant: Would you like the cancer?
Ryan Bingham: What?
Flight Attendant: [misunderstanding her] the cancer?
Flight Attendant: [showing him the actual beverage can] Would you like the can, sir?
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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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Bust A Move
(1989)
Written by Matt Dike, Luther Rabb, Marvin Young, and Jim Walters
Performed by Marvin Young (as Young MC)
Courtesy of Delicious Vinyl
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George Clooney shows something he has never shown before. vulnerability.
4 December 2009 | by (United States) – 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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