Up in the Air

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From Jason Reitman, director of Juno and Thank You For Smoking, comes a comedy-drama about frequent flyers.

George Clooney is Ryan Bingham, 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 (Vera Farmiga).

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Awards

BAFTA and Golden Globe winner for Best Adapted Screenplay, 2010.

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Comedy, Drama

109mins

Rating: M contains offensive language & nudity

USA

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There’s no better time for a movie about redundancy and the a-holes hired to do the firing. George Clooney is perfectly cast as the non-committal, hotel-hopping schmoozer downsizing companies across America. As convincing as Clooney is, Ryan’s world is pretty far-fetched. Here’s a guy who doesn’t like being at home, has no ties to anyone, anything or any place. So it helps if you can suspend disbelief for those who’d rather eat plane food than a home-cooked meal.

But just as Lost in Translation captured the loneliness of travel, Up in the Air brings its ridiculous nuances, from loyalty cards and crappy corporate parties, to life. Essentially the film hangs on the connections that arise out of being transient and how well you can really know someone you only see sporadically.

Nothing about Ryan’s cute relationship with Alex, played by the cool and classy Vera Farmiga, feels like a conventional Hollywood romance. His slowly thawing relationship with icy upstart Natalie, Generation Y in a suit jacket, is just as believable.

It’s a shame that a real-life scene at the end whacks viewers over the head with the moral, since the film’s main messages resonate throughout: no one is indispensible, family is all that really matters, life will teach you lessons when you least expect it. A first-class comedy.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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Up in the Air takes the trust people once had in their jobs and pulls out the rug. It is a film for this time.

Empire Magazine (UK)

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Oscar frontrunner? Certainly. But don’t let that drag it into some tough-but-good-for-you category. This is smart, silky, sensitive, and funny old-school movie magic.

Hollywood Reporter

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It's rare for a movie to be at once so biting and so moving. If Ryan's future seems bleak, there's something exhilarating about a movie made with such clear-eyed intelligence.

Los Angeles Times

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Up in the Air makes it look easy. Not just in its casual and apparently effortless excellence, but in its ability to blend entertainment and insight, comedy and poignancy, even drama and reality, things that are difficult by themselves but a whole lot harder in combination. This film does all that and never seems to break a sweat.

NZ Herald (Francesca Rudkin)

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An entertaining, smart, and classy piece of film-making.

Rolling Stone (USA)

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One-word reaction: bravo.

TV3 (Kate Rodger)

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Up in the Air is a very good film, and a nourishing very worthy 4-star watch.

Variety (USA)

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The timing in the Clooney-Farmiga scenes is like splendid tennis, with each player surprising the other with shots but keeping the rally going to breathtaking duration.

ViewAuckland.co.nz (Matt Turner)

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Hugely enjoyable, well written comedy-drama that delivers a powerful emotional kick, thanks to terrific performances and strong chemistry between Clooney and Farmiga.

Clooney sleepwalks to a pay check

Ho hum. George Clooney does the default-George-Clooney-performance with no conviction. Dull.

100WordReviews

Liam

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100 word review

Karl travels the States firing people, year out, year in. He calls his airlines home. Naturally, he has adopted a loose-life philosophy, never focused on settling. Then, he meets Alex, who shares in that ideal. Then, he is forced to mentor Natalie, a young up-and-comer, who wishes to Skype the professional firing process. Then, he is needed to attend his sister’s wedding, whom he hardly ever sees. Between his family who focus on subdued living, the fragile business-oriented Natalie and the exuberant, eye-bashingly gorgeous Vera Farmiga, the movie effortlessly challenges his seemingly flawless open life morals. Superbly written. Absolutely brilliant.

Awsome

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Awsome

I liked juno and thank you for smoking so I knew than this would be good and it was it was a good mix of comedy and drama


A great film

Arnold, you don't know what your talking about in my opinion jason has not done a bad film yet, thank you for smoking was great sharp satire and juno was funny, and heart warming, and so is this film. You obviously have no concept on what is good, if your so bored go back to watching some loud crap like transformers 2

Terrible!

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Terrible!

What's the fuss with this movie - unaffecting and uninteresting. Clooney looks bored stiff.

Up with the best

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Up with the best

Clooney reminded me of Clooney in the Coens' Burn after Reading, which I similarly thought hilarious. The relationship with his fresh sidekick in Up in the Air, Natalie (Kendrick), was handled with precision. I loved the juxtaposition of those characters, their competitiveness and affection (albeit not that deep). Vera Farmiga was sassy as the lover. The the twist at the end was a nice surprise to a film that may be considered a slightly predictable off beat formula. Go see.

Good, but...

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Good, but...

I enjoyed the movie and thought it was quite clever in parts, and sometimes very funny, however the movie left me conflicted about what the ultimate message was that the movie was trying to convey. Perhaps a few messages, but they conflicted with eachother. That might just be the real life of it all, but it left me a little too wondering. Perhaps I just wanted sugar in my coffee but got sweetner instead and the bitter aftertaste wasn't worth the saving in calories. But i'm conflicted. Go watch and let me know your thoughts! Is this a 3, or is this a 4 start movie, I'm just not sure for once.

Massively overrated

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Massively overrated

This is soulless rubbish. A total bore. Predictably and inane. George Clooney is always good, and Vera Farmiga stands out. Otherwise, this is another Reitman monstrosity that critics seem to love. It's not clever, looks like a TV commercial, and most definitely not funny.

It was boring

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It was boring

i found this movie okkk, but it dragged on abit and took a while, and the end was a great dissapointment, im sorry but this film does not deserve the 4/5 rating

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great entertainment

good . i liked it.