Up in the AirDecember 23, 2009
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: ground him.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 7.6/10 (122,050 voted)
Critic's Score: 83/100
Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick
Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.
Writers: Walter Kirn, Jason Reitman
(as Cut Chemist)
Release Date: 23 December 2009
Filming Locations: Affton High School, Affton, Missouri, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $1,181,450
(6 December 2009)
(Toronto International Film Festival)
Did You Know?
Jason Reitman began writing the screenplay in 2002 when the economy was booming and planned to make it as his first feature. The opportunity to make
Thank You for Smoking and
Juno presented themselves and he put this off until this year, meanwhile America plummeted into an economic recession. He said the film's tone changed completely in response to the real world crisis and works much better now as a topical piece than it would have a decade ago, the delays in its realization being fortuitous.
Errors in geography:
The scene in which Ryan is in an airport in Detroit is clearly filmed at the McNamara terminal (as can be determined by the iconic fountain and the signs for Continental at one of the B gates). However, it's made very clear in the movie that Ryan only flies on American, and American doesn't have gates at the McNamara terminal (it uses the North terminal).
What a weasly prick.
Yeah, but what does that make me? Someone who falls for a prick.
We all fall for the prick. Pricks are spontaneous, they're unpredictable and they're fun. And then we're surprised when they turn out to be pricks.
George Clooney shows something he has never shown before. vulnerability.
Halfway through this movie I considered it an 8 out of 10 and decently
spent money. The second half came as a big surprise. George Clooney let
go of all his suave and let his eyes show fear and isolation that real
There were two things going on in this movie. On one end, we were
looking at the people getting fired. On the other end, we were seeing
the problems with Ryan's way of life. The interviews at the end with
the people who lost their jobs explaining that it was family and
support that brought them through bad times hit a perfect note for
bringing both parts of the story together.
The title of this film literally explains what it is like to not know
what aspects of your life are solid, such as a home or a significant
other. Everything going on is simply up in the air. One day, what you
thought was one way will turn out to be something else entirely.
Best of Reitman's three. Very much recommend it.