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Up in the Air

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2009
  • Jason Reitman
  • 104 mins
  • 15
    More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2010-01-15
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing, brief nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Ryan BinghamGeorge Clooney
Alex GoranVera Farmiga
Natalie KeenerAnna Kendrick
Craig GregoryJason Bateman
Jim MillerDanny McBride (2)
Julie BinghamMelanie Lynskey
Kara BinghamAmy Morton
Maynard FinchSam Elliott
BobJ K Simmons
SteveZach Galifianakis

Crew

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DirectorJason Reitman
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