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Up in the Air (2009)

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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.

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Jason Reitman

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Walter Kirn (novel), Jason Reitman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,823,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$166,842,739
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At a press screening, Jason Reitman said that his father and Producer Ivan Reitman, had written "the best line in the movie." However, he declined to reveal which line in particular. See more »

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During Wichita's layoff, Ryan dismisses a female employee that solemnly promises to commit suicide from the tallest local bridge. Wichita and surrounding Sedgewick County's tallest bridge is the Arkansas River crossing just 39ft at the peak of summer. The consistently featureless and level terrain plus year round strong winds are crucial for aircraft manufacturers and test pilots. See more »

Quotes

Natalie Keener: [giving her presentation to the staff with Craig present] If there's one word I want to leave you with is ""glocal" our global must become our local. This company keeps twenty three people on the road at least two hundred fifty days a year, its expensive and it's inefficient, when I came to Craig three months ago with this, he told me and quite astutely " it's only a problem if you have a solution", today I stand before you with just that, you all know Ned in reception, today I'm going to "fire"...
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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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References Jules and Jim (1962) See more »

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This Land Is Your Land
(1940)
Written by Woody Guthrie
Performed by Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (as The Dap-Kings)
Courtesy of Daptone Records
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George Clooney shows something he has never shown before. vulnerability.
4 December 2009 | by ctg0724See 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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