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.
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.
The movie originally opened with Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) in a plane being asked by a flight attendant if he wants "the cancer" (he mishears her question "do you want the can, sir?"). However, the line confused the test audience, who thought the rest of the movie was going to be a drama about cancer, so the scene was placed later in the movie. See more »
In one scene, Ryan is upset with his assistant that his next rental car will be a Dodge Stratus. His assistant tells him he is trying for a Chrysler Sebring. Even though the Stratus and Sebring are essentially the same car, Ryan is clearly obsessed with attention to detail, such as when packing up his carry on luggage, therefore he would still prefer the Sebring. See more »
[after having been told by Ryan he has been laid off as Natalie listens]
How do you sleep at night? How's your family? They sleeping well at night? Electricity still on? Heat still on? Refrigerator still full of food? Gas tank full of gas? Going to Chucky cheese this weekend or something? Not me, me and my kids are not going to do anything
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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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