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 presenting a new business model.

Director:

Jason Reitman

Writers:

Walter Kirn (novel), Jason Reitman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 75 wins & 164 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Ryan Bingham
Vera Farmiga ... Alex Goran
Anna Kendrick ... Natalie Keener
Jason Bateman ... Craig Gregory
Amy Morton ... Kara Bingham
Melanie Lynskey ... Julie Bingham
J.K. Simmons ... Bob
Sam Elliott ... Maynard Finch
Danny McBride ... Jim Miller
Zach Galifianakis ... Steve
Chris Lowell ... Kevin
Steve Eastin ... Samuels
Marvin Young ... Young MC
Cut Chemist Cut Chemist ... Conference DJ
Adrienne Lamping Adrienne Lamping ... Tammy
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Storyline

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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The story of a man ready to make a connection. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Trivia

In 2018 Anna Kendrick began appearing in commercials for Hilton Hotels, one of three travel-related companies with major product placement in the movie. (The other two were American Airlines and Hertz Rent-A-Car.) See more »

Goofs

When Ryan looks at his sister's RSVP wedding card, the month is spelled incorrectly "Febuary" instead of "February". See more »

Quotes

Natalie Keener: [to Ryan after an employee angrily accepted his release] Please, for the love of God, can I fire the next one.
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Crazy Credits

There is a voice recording by Kevin Renick addressing to Jason Reitman mid-credit, stating the reason he wrote the song and the original recording of the song. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.76 (2010) See more »

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Sign Your Name
(1987)
Written and Performed by Terence Trent D'Arby (as Sananda Maitreya)
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd., Columbia Records & The Columbia/Epic Label Group,
a unit of Sony Entertainment
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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An engaging drama
16 January 2010 | by Gordon-11See 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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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Up in the Air See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,181,450, 6 December 2009

Gross USA:

$83,823,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$166,842,739
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1.85 : 1
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