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.

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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Trivia

The statement "I'll say" is used three times in the movie, each time by a different person. See more »

Goofs

The movie shows Ryan going in the AA first class line, checking in at a kiosk and then being greeted by a counter agent. They do not put kiosks directly in front of the first class check-in agent. If there is one there (which is rare), it will be off to the side. Finally, the whole point of using the kiosk is to NOT talk to the person at the counter, so even if he had used the machine, he would not be greeted by anyone. See more »

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Ryan Bingham: [in a hotel bar, exchanging sexual encounter stories while they were flying] So we came up with this master plan which was for me to put gauze to bandage up my hands and when we gotten up to the plane, Trans-Atlantic flying to Zürich we walked up, waited until it was dark walked up to the bath room with her and they were watching a movie opened up went inside she opened the door for me came in and she was going to help me we gave it our best shot, it wasn't great but it was fun and tricky
Alex Goran: Give me...
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Crazy Credits

Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane. See more »

Connections

Featured in Brief Film Reviews: Up in the Air (2009) See more »

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Lonely in Love
(2009)
Written by Mateo Messina
Performed by Jeff Babko
Courtesy of kind Music, Inc.
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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 »

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

Gross USA:

$83,823,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$166,842,739
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1.85 : 1
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