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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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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

Gross USA:

$83,823,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$166,842,739
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriters Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner never met, nor did they know of each other during writing the screenplay. When the novel was released in 2001, Turner read it, and wrote a speculative script adaptation, which he sold to DreamWorks in 2003. However, Reitman also discovered the book, and persuaded his father Ivan to acquire the film rights. Ivan Reitman then commissioned a screenplay by writers Ted Griffin and Nicholas Griffin, who used some elements from Turner's speculative script. Finally, Jason Reitman developed his own screenplay, by using some elements from the Griffin script, that (unbeknownst to Reitman) originated with Turner. Reitman initially claimed a single screenplay credit for himself, but the WGA ruled that he should share his credit with Turner, as certain elements of his speculative script remained in the film. See more »

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When Ryan is meeting with his sister's soon-to-be-husband, he tells him he's "given up" his one-bedroom. Yet in the end montage we see shots of the inside of the apartment, implying he's still living there. (Actually in the original cut he did leave it and strike out and get a more homey place and become part of his surroundings in preparation for a life with Alex, but that sequence was later cut.) See more »

Quotes

Ryan Bingham: [on the docks in Miami] You know that moment when you look into somebody's eyes and you can feel them staring into your soul and the whole world goes quiet just for a second?
Natalie Keener: Yes.
Ryan Bingham: [shrugs] Right. Well, I don't.
Natalie Keener: you're an asshole.
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Hurtin' You
(2008)
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Another hit from the Director of Juno, Jason Reitman
9 December 2009 | by overcrankedSee all my reviews

Anyone who has ever been fired must see "Up In The Air." Jason Reitman has done again. The director of "Thank You For Smoking" and "Juno" puts real life out there in an incredible way, where we all laugh and then walk out of the theatre thinking about what is really important. A film with a message that's entertaining: what a concept.

George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a man that flies all over the country firing people for companies that don't have the spine to do it themselves. He is so proficient at it, when he meets his "expert traveler" equivalent, Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga); he is emotionally drawn to another person, beyond a passing interest, for the first time.

Bingham's travels are a quest to be a traveling legend. When his company takes the advice of young newbie, Natalie Keener (Kendrick), he is grounded, endangering his quest to achieve frequent flier miles that number in the, uh, stratosphere. When his boss (Jason Bateman) assigns him to "show her the ropes," so she can revolutionize the company's firing technology, the resulting road trip is not only riotously funny, it is a self-exploring journey into the three people's strengths and weaknesses. The life decisions they make are the emotionally important message of the film.

The rest of the story must go untold, so you can savor every morsel from your own perspective. For that is what this film does best. Almost all of us have been canned. Sitting across the table, being told we'll be glad it happened, one day. Our participation in the film is subtle, as we sit across the table from Bingham as he cans us.

The film's cast is like the story: they suck you in. Clooney is Clooney, like Cary Grant was Cary Grant. You think he's not acting, that's just who he is in real life. Maybe it is. Vera Farmiga's performance is seductively natural. You've met people like her. You admire her. Then you find out you don't know her at all. She is the mystery you wish you were. Anna Kendrick as Natalie is a perfect, perky, know-it-all that becomes all too human. Kendrick makes her character's transformation special parts of the film, when she could have easily have been regulated to a supporting character. This has become Reitman's trademark as a director. He empowers actors to make the movie their own.

Up In The Air is a movie that is over before you want it to be. You want to get to know the characters better, to follow them around a little longer and make sure everything goes well for them. Another credit to Reitman for his extraordinary skill at taking the common things in life and make them extraordinary. Which makes us all feel better about the common-ness of our own lives.

Written by: Vincent for Overcranked.net If you liked this come read more reviews http://www.overcranked.net/movies.php


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