Up in the Air

Up in the Air

DVD - 2009
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Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert who flies all over the world on business. Just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles, and meeting the frequent traveler woman of his dreams, his company grounds him. When Bingham goes on his last cross country firing expedition, he will learn that life isn't about the journey, but about the connections made along the way.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2009
ISBN: 9786313485413
9781415753972
1415753970
Branch Call Number: UPI
Characteristics: 1 dvd (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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Nursebob
Sep 18, 2017

Fear of commitment vies with our innate need for human contact in Jason Reitman’s multiple award-winning—including six Oscar nominations—romantic comedy with a bitter sting. Taking what could have been a classic chick-flick premise, writers Reitman et al avoid the usual rom-com formulations and instead deliver a highly literate, psychologically piercing examination of love and deception in the age of smartphones, laptops, and emoticons. Clooney and Farmiga are picture perfect as the ultimate pair of aging yuppies—comparing their various rewards cards as a form of foreplay (she practically drools over the size of his frequent flyer points) and meting out intimacy according to flight schedules and calendar apps. Kendrick, meanwhile, plays the clueless ingenue with a winning mix of emotional fragility and the kind of hubris that seems to accompany those fresh out of college—yet she still manages to give her mentor a long overdue comeuppance. The remaining earthbound cast fill in the blanks as they wrestle with a desire to connect and a fear of being hurt. But it’s those brief yet brutal termination interviews which give the film its heaviest moments with the newly jobless—look for cameos from the likes of Zack Galifianakis and J. K. Simmons—sobbing, raging, or simply going silent, their tragic looks intruding on Bingham’s lofty worldview like a crashing plane.

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Stratified_nomad
Dec 25, 2016

Even though it was released more than 6 years ago, Up in the Air is still a relevant and quietly resonant film. It centers around around Ryan Bingham (Clooney): a smug, but likable professional personnel downsizer who lives for travel and touts an unapologetically single and Spartan lifestyle. Much like the people he fires, the itinerant nature of his job is threatened by technological developments spearheaded by a young coworker, Natalie Keener (Kendrick), who also contrasts Bingham by striving for a normal family life. Their contrasting philosophies and related arguments are highly engaging. The only minor criticisms I have occurs in the film's second act, when Bingham has doubts about his philosophy, causing him to do something with potentially dire consequences. This element of the film seems contrived and unnecessary, but fortunately it's only a minor flaw that does little to diminish the film's overall quality. Though it deals with contemporary themes, Up in the Air is very much a throwback to when Hollywood made mature plot and character oriented films that develop naturally. Sadly such films are exceedingly rare these days.

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Mayrock
May 30, 2015

This is a film I recommend with caveats. First, what I thought the story had going for it: some endearing characters, terrific acting, and an engaging plot. However, my major beef with this movie lies with the filmmaker's editorial voice. A lot of reviews tout this as some kind of profound existential musing. It's got it's moments of insight but, overall, I have to respectfully disagree with that assessment. This just seemed to me another example of ensconced Hollywood filmmakers condescendingly decreeing to us lesser plebeians, in the real world, what the meaning of life is -- what we should pursue to make us happy -- treated in a non-nuanced and glib way. I don't want to delve into that too specifically and spoil any plot points. You decide for yourself whether you agree with my criticism or not. It just bugged me enough that I felt I needed to get it on record. Ultimately, I think this story is worth watching at least once.

NewYorkViews Dec 09, 2014

This was not a fast paced, or big screen film, but more like a European foreign film style about upscale despair--where a USA well-dressed traveling consultant (played by actor George Clooney) all day lays off people at businesses around the USA for a living, while flying first or business class, and staying at four star hotels. Then, in walks the novice brain, filled with new ideas to computerize the layoff system. It is a claustrophobic film with narrow angles in an ever day existence, and the few niceties seem grand--brilliant and well acted though a bit odd sometimes.

debwalker Apr 14, 2014

George Clooney - art imitating life? - and the costs of always being on the road.

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jimg2000
Sep 19, 2013

2nd or third watching and still biting and relevant today as a few years ago.

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ottawabooknerd
Aug 23, 2013

Great movie. Unfortunately, the disc started skipping after about an hour and it was hard to watch.

Quimeras May 07, 2013

While the story centers on the professional duties of Clooney’s character, “Up in the Air” is anything but monotonous. There is enough character development and subplots to make this movie rather effective. All in all, the film has a good script and a talented cast and I recommend watching it.

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DLeese12
Jan 24, 2013

Pretty good movie...sad though as well.

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ostwald
Nov 24, 2012

I saw the movie and I had liked it
this is based on a true story but not
for children to watch

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jimg2000
Sep 19, 2013

How am I supposed to go home as a man
and explain to my wife I lost my job?

On a stress level, I've heard that
losing your job is like a death in the family.

But personally,
I feel more like
the people I worked with
were my family and I died.

I can't afford to be unemployed.
I have a house payment,
I have children.

I don't know how you can live
with yourself,
but I'm sure that you'll find a way
while the rest of us are suffering.

Who the fxxx are you, man?

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jimg2000
Sep 19, 2013

Angry peons yell at hatchet man:

This is what I get in return for 30 years
of service for my company?

And they send some yo-yo like you
in here,
to try to tell me that I'm out of a job?
They should be telling you
you're out of a job.

You have a lot of gall, coming in here
and firing your No.1 producer.

Then you're going to go home tomorrow and make
more money than you've ever made in your life
and I'm going to go home
without a pay check. Fxxx you.

I guess you leave me dumbfounded.
I don't know where this is coming from.

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jessadam2
Mar 25, 2013

George is George in this one. Nobody could've done this role better. I'll reserve comments about the women this time.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Kara Bingham: You're awfully isolated the way you live.
Ryan Bingham: Isolated? I'm surrounded!

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

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?
Natalie Keener: Yes.
Ryan Bingham: Right. Well, I don't.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Ryan Bingham: You know why kids love athletes?
Bob: Because they screw lingerie models.
Ryan Bingham: No, that's why we love athletes. Kids love them because they follow their dreams.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Alex Goran: I am the woman that you don't have to worry about.
Ryan Bingham: Sounds like a trap.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Jan 06, 2011

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Keep_On_Rockin
Dec 20, 2010

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Ugogurl
Oct 13, 2010

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Aug 18, 2010

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CoryDee
Feb 17, 2010

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jessadam2
Mar 25, 2013

A wonderful look into what is going on with our economy.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected, and grounds him.

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Ugogurl
Oct 13, 2010

In this movie George Clooney is brilliant as a man who isolates himself from the hum drum of every day life. He decide to keep people at bay while being a traveling HR representative at a time when the HR department went to the people. This allows him to travel almost all year, missing family events, Christmas and other holidays.
Until his company hires a young female who makes him confront his unorthodox ways.
Comical, whimsical, poignant, this movie is really good.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Aug 18, 2010

Sexual Content: Nudity

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