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.
Jason Reitman has worked with J.K. Simmons in Thank You for Smoking (2005), Juno (2007), Young Adult (2011), Labor Day (2013), and Men, Women & Children (2014). See more »
Even very frequent fliers are required to have their membership card swiped by the desk agent at the Admiral's Club. (It's the only way for AA to know how busy a given club is.) The most that would happen if they know a traveler really well is that they wouldn't ask to see their photo ID in addition to your Admiral's Club membership card. See more »
[referring to his frequent flier miles]
You're the youngest person so far to hit ten million. I don't know where you find the time
[dumbfounded after reaching his goal]
I don't know
[Hands him the lifetime executive status card]
We really appreciate your loyalty.
I've thought about this moment so many times, I even thought about the conversation we'd have
What'd you want to say?
Now I don't remember
That's alright it happens to all of us, where are you from?
[realizing he has no home]
'm from here
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Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane. See more »
My 304th Review: Modern Parables - But Only A Partial Success
Up In The Air is a nice movie - a good satire about work and a comedy about the price of modern business.
It looks like its going to mop up at the awards and I'm just not convinced it really deserves to.
Why? Well, it has a good performance from Clooney as the confident consultant and good directorship, but it lacks true honesty - it sacrifices real integrity for Hollywood feelings and I'm not sure i want to see the top awards going on a film-flam type of film.
Others will say this is honest and strong and entertaining (A tough act to pull off) but even though it is a nice film, well made, strong performances etc; it just somehow is a little trite. Even Clooney, who really can make anything work, ends up a little bemused. I think its a shame that films like $5 a day, which we loved, will be chiefly ignored and this will be lauded to the skies.
Fun to watch and it does have heart; but for out money it is too shallow to really deserve all the accolades coming its way.
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