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Up in the air - George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Jason Reitman

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Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a corporate hatchet man who loves his life on the road, is forced to fight for his job when his company downsizes its travel budget. He is required to spend more time at home just as he is on the cusp of a goal he's worked toward for years: reaching five million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveller woman of his dreams.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy corporate downsize air travel frequent flyer let go airport plane relationship hotel terminate

Persons of interest

  • George Clooney .... Ryan Bingham
  • Vera Farmiga .... Alex Goran
  • Anna Kendrick .... Natalie Keener
  • Jason Bateman .... Craig Gregory
  • Amy Morton .... Kara Bingham
  • Melanie Lynskey .... Julie Bingham
  • JK Simmons .... Bob
  • Sam Elliott .... Maynard Finch
  • Danny McBride .... Jim Miller
  • Zach Galifianakis .... Steve
  • Chris Lowell .... Kevin
  • Steve Eastin .... Samuels
  • Marvin Young .... Himself
  • Adrienne Lamping .... Tammy
  • Dustin Miles .... Ned
  • Erin McGrane .... Dianne
  • Walter Kirn .... Author
  • Jason Reitman .... Screenwriter
  • Sheldon Turner .... Screenwriter
  • Jason Reitman .... Director

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Theatrical report

Up in the air is not like View from the top. I know this because the air hostesses are nameless, faceless fembots with the possibility of a quick root rather than career-minded women of the new millennium. Meanwhile, the passengers have become deep and interesting individuals with fascinating personal problems rather than an endless sea of alphanumerics who have no greater desire in life than to whine about the state of their chicken salad.

So, George Clooney's air traveller extraordinaire Ryan Bingham is a damaged man who thinks that he is a rock, an island even. He's just the kind of bad boy that gets chicks excited (they all love the snake) that perhaps they can change him and live happily ever after. If not, well, he's bound to be a good shag. To add to the whole chick flick-ness of it all, there's a wedding, a cancelled wedding, an affair, a cancelled affair, a broken heart, a prodigal son, a man standing up for his family and a romance. And, of course, George is rootable all on his own, although I can't believe that he's doing ads for Nescafé. Class-up, dude.

There are plenty of documentary-style reactions of people who are being "let go", which is a good thing because it helps us to colour in out mental picture of Ryan's work. These are all performed by ordinary-looking people (actors) rather than Hollywood-style actors (people). The casting of JK Simmons is a mistake, not because JK is incapable of acting the part but because his presence signals that the character is going to have a deeper emotional moment than the other terminees; his fame foreshadows the size of the role. Any of the other no-name actors would've been more than capable of doing the part. Perhaps Jason Reitman thought it too big an ask. He was wrong.

As for the whole airport, plane, airport, hotel, airport, plane, airport thing, just be glad that you're not doing it as a commute. Sure, travelling can be fun, but even though planes get you there quickly (sort of), it's not worth your life to be sitting around for hours on end just so that you can turn up at work. Planes are just long--distance buses. How long would you sit on an STA bus? Meh. Airlines: can't live with them, can't blow them up.

The comedy movie Up in the air is directed by Jason Reitman and stars George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman.

Government security censorship classification

M (Coarse language, sexual references and brief nudity)

Surveillance time

109 minutes (1:49 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 14 January 2010

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