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.
While at Lambert Field in St. Louis, Ryan tries to make an impassioned speech to Natalie about Charles A. Lindbergh's plane "The Spirit of St. Louis". Officially, Lindbergh's plane was a Ryan NYP (New York City to Paris), so the two share the same name. As a tribute to Charles Lindbergh, the airport displays a prop Spirit of St. Louis, used in The Spirit of St. Louis (1957). See more »
While it is only implied, many of the air shots of the cities visited are not winter shots, but have trees in full leaf. All shots of farmland are have crops. Yet much of the film takes place in the middle of the USA in the winter, with snow on the ground, no leaves on the trees, etc. See more »
[Ryan meets Alex Goran for the first time at a hotel bar]
Are you satisfied with Maestro?
Yeah, I am.
A little stingy with their miles. I like Hertz.
No, Hertz keeps its vehicles too long. If a car has over 20,000 miles, I won't drive it.
Maestro doesn't instant checkout. I like to park and go.
Hertz doesn't guarantee navigation.
It's funny. You don't seem like a girl who needs directions.
Oh, I hate asking for directions. That's why I get a nav.
That new outfit, Colonial, it's not bad.
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Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane. See more »
Amusing and with interesting social commentary, but not an impactful film
Up In The Air takes a strange premise that could easily feel stale or cold, especially given the perfunctory connotation that airport travel has, but succeeds as a pleasant, if forgettable, movie. Clooney is very good as a detached but thoughtful lead, and Kendrick also impressed, injecting life and uncertainty into the movie. The comedy works well and doesn't feel overdone. The way the travel scenes were cut also showed Bingham's comfort and intimate knowledge of the airport drill in a way that was fun to watch. Reitman does a good job of keeping each scene engaging and is at his best when he uses subtle social commentary. The themes of personal connection and security were amusingly turned on their head by Clooney having to teach Kendrick about maneuvering firing, as she makes the job he loves obsolete. The twist with Farmiga's character was also good and surprising, keeping the film from being a by- the- numbers rom-com. The timing and reaction to the 10 million miles was also well done. It's not a movie that's exceptional in any area and not one that will ever immediately come to mind, but it's a solid, pleasant watch with some originality.
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