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Up in the Air (2009)

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Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling 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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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 76 wins & 158 nominations. See more awards »

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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. Written by Anonymous

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

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23 December 2009 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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CAD 72,204 (Canada) (6 December 2009)

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$83,823,381 (USA)
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The role of Natalie Keener was written with Anna Kendrick in mind, after Jason Reitman saw her in Rocket Science (2007). See more »

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During Wichita's layoff, Ryan dismisses a terminated female employee's solemn promise to commit suicide from the tallest local bridge. He becomes visibly distraught upon learning she committed suicide as described. 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 »

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Craig Gregory: You remember Karen Barnes? She was part of a thirty percent reduction in Wichita, Natalie fired her
Ryan Bingham: I've fired dozens of people a day
Craig Gregory: She killed herself, jumped off a bridge
Ryan Bingham: Fuck
Craig Gregory: I need to know if anyone gave you any signals, depression?
Ryan Bingham: Their all depressed when we fire them
Craig Gregory: I need to ask you this stuff
Ryan Bingham: No, I don't remember
Craig Gregory: You don't remember anyone woman that gave you any signals?
Ryan Bingham: No, nothing stands out, is Natalie alright?
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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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.60 (2011) See more »

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Another hit from the Director of Juno, Jason Reitman
9 December 2009 | by (United States) – See 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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