Up in the Air (2009)
Critic Consensus: Led by charismatic performances by its three leads, director Jason Reitman delivers a smart blend of humor and emotion with just enough edge for mainstream audiences.
Ryan Bingham, a corporate hatchet man who loves his life on the road, is forced to fight for his job when his company downsizes its travel budget. He is required to spend more time at home just as he is on the cusp of a goal he's worked toward for years: reaching five million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.
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as Ryan Bingham
as Alex Goran
as Natalie Keener
as Jim Miller
as Craig Gregory
as Julie Bingham
as Kara Bingham
as Maynard Finch
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Critic Reviews for Up in the Air
Even though the film finally turns out to be yet another Hollywood fairy tale, at least it speaks the truth about our Great Recession.
By far Reitman's most accomplished film to date, both in terms of craft and its stealth avoidance of typical Hollywood flight patterns...
This is a likable film, with likable actors and a breezy, pleasant pace. If you're not paying close attention, you'd almost miss that this film is a crock. But it is. It's an elegant con.
One of the warmest and most entertaining films of this or any year, which is saying something considering it's about a man who fires people for a living.
Audience Reviews for Up in the Air
Intimate, heartfelt, and heartbreaking, Up in the Air is a worthwhile experience that features great performances from Clooney, Fermiga, and Kendrick and a timely message that resonates. It may not be the most engaging film, however it is enjoyable and well-crafted.
Very good romantic dramedy, Up In The Air is a well acted film that surprised me. I really didn't expect to enjoy it the way I did, but this film exceeded my expectations. George Clooney is terrific opposite Anna Kendrick, who is always charming in her roles. Jason Reitman directs the film, and like others such as Thank you for Smoking, he brings a unique touch to his films that makes this an engaging, and highly rich film going experience. At times the film did slow down, and it had a few imperfections here and there, but the cast and story keep you entertained. Reitman delivers a great film here that delivers a terrific storyline. Like I said, the film exceeded my expectations, and I didn't expect to enjoy it the way I did. Up In The Air is a well crafted film that mixes comedic elements with drama to make for a fun film to watch. If you enjoy the genre, then this is a must watch. Clooney delivers another great performance here, and other cast members are great as well. I found that every actor that played their part brought something to really elevate the film a lot more. The idea behind the film is simple, yet Reitman and company are able to pull off something truly special. The result is a film that is very well acted, one that boasts a great story, and a surprising performance by actor Danny McBride, who normally is in straight forward comedic roles. The role he's in really is a great departure from his usual output, and he proves that he's able to act in more dramatic roles. Up In The Air is among Jason Reitman's finest efforts.
Finally watched this on my sister's recommendation. There's a lot of good material here, I could definitely see it again. Watch it for the smooth but gentle, humane way Ryan Bingham handles people.
It was especially poignant (from a Zen perspective) to listen to Anna Kendrick rattle off all the ideals of a young person, and watch how those very fantasies cause her mental suffering.
Up in the Air Quotes
|Ryan Bingham:||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?|
|Ryan Bingham:||Right. Well, I don't.|
|Natalie Keener:||Hungry much?|
|Ryan Bingham:||Our business expense allots forty dollars each for dinner. I plan on grabbing as many miles as I can.|
|Natalie Keener:||Okay, you got to fill me in on the miles thing. What is that about? You're talking about, like, frequent flyer miles?|
|Ryan Bingham:||You really want to know?|
|Natalie Keener:||I'm dying to know.|
|Ryan Bingham:||I don't spend a nickel, if I can help it, unless it somehow profits my mileage account.|
|Natalie Keener:||So, what are you saving up for? Hawaii? South of France?|
|Ryan Bingham:||It's not like that. The miles are the goal Let's just say that I have a number in mind and I haven't hit it yet.|
|Natalie Keener:||That's it? You're saving just to save? That's a little abstract. What's the target?|
|Ryan Bingham:||I'd rather not...|
|Natalie Keener:||Is it a secret target?|
|Ryan Bingham:||It's ten million miles.|
|Natalie Keener:||Okay. Isn't ten million just a number?|
|Ryan Bingham:||Pi's just a number.|
|Natalie Keener:||Well, we all need a hobby. No, I- I- I don't mean to belittle your collection. I get it. It sounds cool.|
|Ryan Bingham:||I'd be the seventh person to do it. More people have walked on the moon.|
|Natalie Keener:||Do they throw you a parade?|
|Ryan Bingham:||You get lifetime executive status. You get to meet the chief pilot, Maynard Finch.|
|Ryan Bingham:||And they put your name on the side of a plane.|
|Natalie Keener:||Men get such hardons from putting their names on things. You guys don't grow up. It's like you need to pee on everything.|
|Natalie Keener:||Please, for the love of God, can I fire the next one.|
|Ryan Bingham:||I thought I was a part of your life.|
|Alex Goran:||I thought we signed up for the same thing.|
|Ryan Bingham:||Try and help me understand exactly what it is that you signed up for.|
|Alex Goran:||I thought our relationship was perfectly clear. I mean, you're an escape. You're a break from our normal lives. You're a...a parenthesis.|
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