Up in the Air

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Director:
Jason Reitman
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
Up in the Air is a 2009 comedy-drama directed by Academy Award-nominee Jason Reitman and starring George Clooney as man who has never had a taste for normal adult life, choosing instead to spend most of his time flying across the country and living out of hotel rooms. Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a middle-aged man who works for a company that helps other companies fire people. He flies all over the nation, meeting with other people's employees, informing them they've been fired, and presenting their severance package and a plan for their future. Bingham is a man apart from society. He gives motivational speeches during his travels about the importance of living free from relationships and permanent residence. This film follows Ryan as he deals with two changes in his life-for one, he meets a beautiful woman (Vera Farmiga) who shares all his opinions on relationships. Even though they both have worked to achieve complete independence, they can't help noticing how perfect they are together. At the same time, an ambitious young co-worker (Anna Kendrick) is attempting to change the way their company operates, a change which might eliminate the necessity of any air travel. Up in the Air received six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.moreless

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Up in the Air makes it look easy. Not just in its casual and apparently effortless excellence, but in its ability to blend entertainment and insight, comedy and poignancy, even dra...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The timing in the Clooney-Farmiga scenes is like splendid tennis, with each player surprising the other with shots but keeping the rally going to breathtaking duration.

  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    One of the pleasures of Up in the Air is that its actresses share the frame with Mr. Clooney as equals, not props

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