Up in the Air

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Up in the Air

Jason Reitman (2009)

104min
15 Certificate
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George Clooney uses his matinée-idol image to maximum effect in this often superb adult comedy. He plays sophisticated "downsizing executive" Ryan Bingham, a smooth-talking hired gun who fires people for a living. Bingham spends his life in aircraft cabins and hotels, racking up air miles and loyalty cards, while growing ever more detached from his dysfunctional but loving family. This rarefied lifestyle comes under threat when new colleague Natalie (Anna Kendrick) dreams up a business plan that will literally ground him, so he takes her along on his next tour of duty to persuade her of the advantages of face-to-face contact. He also hopes to hook up with his on/off lover, the flighty and equally rootless Alex (Vera Farmiga). Wonderfully sharp and flirty banter ensues, and though the film strains credibility in its final stretches, Up in the Air stays clear of genre clichés, offering a satisfying hybrid of 1950s glamour, 70s realism and 21st-century attitude.

Summary

A corporate downsizing expert loves his life, detached from everyday existence and striving to achieve a personal goal of 10 million accumulated air miles. However, his lifestyle comes under threat by an up-and-coming executive with a revolutionary approach that would make his role all but obsolete. Comedy drama, starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman and Amy Morton.

Cast & Crew

Ryan Bingham George Clooney
Alex Goran Vera Farmiga
Natalie Keener Anna Kendrick
Craig Gregory Jason Bateman
Jim Miller Danny McBride (2)
Julie Bingham Melanie Lynskey
Kara Bingham Amy Morton
Maynard Finch Sam Elliott
Bob J K Simmons
Steve Zach Galifianakis
Director Jason Reitman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Swearing and brief nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Jan 2010
Drama Comedy