Up in the Air (I) (2009)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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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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10 January 2010 | intelearts
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| My 304th Review: Modern Parables - But Only A Partial Success
Up In The Air is a nice movie - a good satire about work and a comedy about the price of modern business.

It looks like its going to mop up at the awards and I'm just not convinced it really deserves to.

Why? Well, it has a good performance from Clooney as the confident consultant and good directorship, but it lacks true honesty - it sacrifices real integrity for Hollywood feelings and I'm not sure i want to see the top awards going on a film-flam type of film.

Others will say this is honest and strong and entertaining (A tough act to pull off) but even though it is a nice film, well made, strong performances etc; it just somehow is a little trite. Even Clooney, who really can make anything work, ends up a little bemused. I think its a shame that films like $5 a day, which we loved, will be chiefly ignored and this will be lauded to the skies.

Fun to watch and it does have heart; but for out money it is too shallow to really deserve all the accolades coming its way.

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Trivia

A large number of the people we see fired in the film are not actors, but people who were recently laid off. The filmmakers put out ads in St. Louis and Detroit posing as a documentary crew looking to document the effect of the recession. When people showed up, they were instructed to treat the camera like the person who fired them and respond as they did, or use the opportunity to say what they wished they had. A way to discern who are the actors, and who are the real people, is that the real people do not have dialogue with George Clooney or Anna Kendrick, as they were shot separately. Jason Reitman did this intentionally, feeling that the real people would freak out Clooney and Kendrick.


Quotes

Ryan Bingham: To know me, is to fly with me the airport is where I temporary live. When I run my card the system automatically prompts the desk clerk to greet me with this exact statement "pleasure to see you again" it's these kinds of systematized friendly ...


Goofs

Ryan Bingham is consistently shown swiping his credit card or American Airlines frequent flier card horizontally though the slot across the top of the American check-in kiosk to receive his boarding pass. The top slot is only to read passports on international flights. There is a card slot to the bottom right on the American kiosks to check in for flights. You cannot check in by swiping horizontally through the passport slot as Ryan Bingham does throughout the movie.


Crazy Credits

Over the end credits, the camera glides over the clouds. Much like the view from a plane.


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By Your Side
(2002)
Written by
Cary Hudson
Performed by 'Blue Mountain'
Courtesy of Broadmoor Records

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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