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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Up in the Air can be found here.

Yes, Up in the Air is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel, Up in the Air, by American writer Walter Kirn. The novel was adapted for the movie by screenwriters Sheldon Turner and Jason Reitman, who also directed the movie.

What is this movie about?

The movie centers around 45-year old Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a "career transition counselor" whose job it is to travel around the country firing people from their jobs. When his own job is threatened by Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick), a young upstart who has found a way to fire people via the Internet, Ryan embarks on a firing trip to show Natalie that her methods won't work. Along the way, he meets another flyer, Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga), and they both begin to question their frequent flyer lifestyles.

'Angel in the Snow' by Elliott Smith. The rest of the songs with their corresponding scenes can be found at what-song

In the film, Ryan is asked by Craig Gregory if he remembers a Karen Barnes, an employee Natalie downsized. He says no, which is a lie. According to the commentary, Ryan does this to protect Natalie from any sort of legal liability, as he views her as his surrogate daughter.

This is answered in the scene where we see Natalie help Ryan take a photo of his cardboard cutout sister and soon-to-be brother-in-law on the dock. Natalie asks where Alex lives and Ryan replies "Chicago." This is obviously a conversation Ryan and Alex had sometime during their time together but does not happen on camera. So the fact that Ryan showed up at Alex's house in Chicago later in the film is not actually a faux pas as some have suggested.

Many major air carriers, including American, provide elite perks for those frequent fliers that accumulate 1,000,000 (one million) miles. Specifically, American offers Gold (10,000), Plantinum (50,000), and Executive (100,000) club levels with varying rewards and benefits, for those accumulating the required mileage within a calendar year. If a flier reaches a total of 1,000,000 American miles over a period of years, he/she receives a lifetime Gold membership, with no further miles required to sustain that membership, whether or not the flier travels within a calendar year. A total of 2,000,000 miles is an automatic lifetime Platinum membership, again with no further requirements. However, after the two million mark in a calendar year, American has no official, publicly-announced program to recognize any other significant mileage accumulated.

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