Up in the Air

December 23rd, 2009

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Up in the Air

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With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected: ground him.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.6/10 (122,050 voted)

Critic's Score: 83/100

Director: Jason Reitman

Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick

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-traveler woman of his dreams.

Writers: Walter Kirn, Jason Reitman

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
Lucas MacFadden - Conference DJ (as Cut Chemist)
Adrienne Lamping - Tammy

Taglines: Arriving soon


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Release Date: 23 December 2009

Filming Locations: Affton High School, Affton, Missouri, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,181,450 (USA) (6 December 2009) (15 Screens)

Gross: $163,227,071 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Canada: (Toronto International Film Festival)

Did You Know?

Jason Reitman began writing the screenplay in 2002 when the economy was booming and planned to make it as his first feature. The opportunity to make Thank You for Smoking and Juno presented themselves and he put this off until this year, meanwhile America plummeted into an economic recession. He said the film's tone changed completely in response to the real world crisis and works much better now as a topical piece than it would have a decade ago, the delays in its realization being fortuitous.

Errors in geography: The scene in which Ryan is in an airport in Detroit is clearly filmed at the McNamara terminal (as can be determined by the iconic fountain and the signs for Continental at one of the B gates). However, it's made very clear in the movie that Ryan only flies on American, and American doesn't have gates at the McNamara terminal (it uses the North terminal).

Alex Goran: What a weasly prick.
Natalie Keener: Yeah, but what does that make me? Someone who falls for a prick.
Alex Goran: We all fall for the prick. Pricks are spontaneous, they're unpredictable and they're fun. And then we're surprised when they turn out to be pricks.

User Review

George Clooney shows something he has never shown before. vulnerability.

Rating: 10/10

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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