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Up in the Air

A 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman.

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Life is not a bed of roses

  • Jan 18, 2010
It takes the mundane out of the ordinary. Face it, if not it's because of George Clooney, I don't think I'll be tempted to watch this movie, let alone do a review on it! Alright, tempted possibly, because I did spent a great deal of the last decade traveling to as many as 50 countries in the span of a few years which translated to may be 500 cities? So, there is a common thread with the movie in this regard.

However, I did not travel for work, much less to fire people. That made the experience a more enjoyable one. Having said that, I didn't think it's such a great movie though and I'm not in the habit of writing movies reviews. So, what am I doing on this data point?

Up in the Air is really not about up in the air. In these days of downsizing and business failures, a lot of retrenchments are in the pipeline for companies, be it big or small. American companies are known for being ruthless in this regard. It's a matter of survival. Entity first, people later. They will fire & then rehire if necessary. Understandable. Not desirable as far as I'm concerned as I think it's a corporate culture that does not foster loyalty nor productivity. People come and go as times dictate. That's the way it is. 

So, the movie goes to portray that. To actually not see Clooney as Clooney is a bit difficult. Hey, the guy may be getting old but he's still a commanding figure. He's a loner in this film and even though he has a 'companion' he has no desire for companionship or love for that matter. It reflects the current culture, I believe so. There are many people in the world with a career that take them all over the world and they live out of suitcases. 

To soften the blow of a retrenchment, well, how can anyone? Let alone to do it over the internet? Now, that's a bit too much! Also, the movie took a step further and although it didn't dwell into relationships that much, it however does reflect the way current generation goes about things. So, people ended their relationships with text messages. Done. Over with. And the bed scenes were interesting, I mean the messaging part ;-) (Not massaging, messaging!!!) I couldn't help but laughed at that, it was funny! 

So, ultimately, the movie is about coming to terms with life. Love may be sprouting but it has nowhere to grow... what a waste!

Now, what is impressive? 10 million miles, hey, I want that!

Entertaining but not enough for me to go to the theater for it. Yep, I was multi-tasking on Lunch while watching this flick ;-)
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January 31, 2010
You might have liked it better if you hadn't been multi-tasking. I loved it, with or without Clooney--but it was much better with him. Amd give the guy a break, he hadn't even turned 50 yet. SPOILER ALERT---The movie was full of irony, and I loved the way that it refused to take the cheap way out and give the audience the happy romantic comedy ending it wanted like PRETTY WOMAN did. That movie was actually rewritten because audiences didn't like the fact that he went off and left Julia Roberts, so, Bingo. Happy ending.
January 31, 2010
I know what you mean. I'm just being sentimental and I don't like a movie on the depressing topic of retrenchment.
January 31, 2010
Not that I don't like happy endings now and then. I loved DOWN WITH LOVE which was a parody (and almost a remake) of an old Doris Day/Rock Huson movie with Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellwegger. it was hilarious. I went through 20 out of 25 years waiting for the axe to fall at the post office. I was lucky I got to take early retirement because they are still threatening people.
January 31, 2010
Haven't seen Down With Love. Will check it out . Thanks! Yes, retrenchment, retirement... life.
January 31, 2010
It's funny, and Ewan McG has a duet with Renee. They sing the title song.
January 18, 2010
Haha, were you watching this when you were up in the air? :P  Your review makes this movie sound intriguing, but I'll heed your advice and check it out on DVD or something :)
January 18, 2010
ha-ha! entertaining write up! I'll give this a rent when the dvd drops....I'll watch it because of Farmiga.
January 18, 2010
Oh yeah, you'll get to see her totally naked too!
January 18, 2010
nikid...I am leaving to see it now...LOL!
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review by . July 22, 2010
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I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed watching Up in the Air. I was a bit worried this would turn into a typical Hollywood movie bashing corporations and celebrating "family values," but it's much more subtle. It's much deeper than I thought (certainly much more so than a typical George Clooney movie). Vera Farmiga and George Clooney add a lot of emotional complexity and are a joy to watch. My only disappointment was with Anna Kendrick - her acting was basically mechanical and forced. …
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Quick Tip by . September 12, 2010
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Well done movie that takes a chance with a real, but not happy ending. Clooney makes a character that starts off as being unlikeable into someone the audience truly feels sorry for in the end.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
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Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel Up in the Air, written by Walter Kirn. The story is about a corporate downsizer and his travels. It follows his isolated life and philosophies along with the people that he meets along the way.

Reitman started adapting the book in 2002, but did not complete the screenplay until 2008. Reitman wrote the parts specifically for George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Melanie Lynskey, Amy Morton, Sam Elliott and Zach Galifianakis. Filming was primarily in St. Louis, Missouri, which substituted for a number of other cities shown in the film. Several scenes were also filmed in Detroit, Michigan, Omaha, Nebraska, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Miami, Florida.

Reitman has heavily promoted Up in the Air with personal appearances during film festivals and other showings, starting with the Telluride Film Festival on September 5, 2009. The Los Angeles premiere was at the Mann Village Theater on Monday, November 30, 2009. Paramount scheduled a limited North American release on December 4, 2009, broadening the release on December 11, 2009 with wide release on December 23, 2009.
The National Board of Review and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association have named it the best picture of 2009. It has received eight Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations, six Golden Globe nominations and ...
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