Up in the Air

Up in the Air

DVD - 2010
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"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: grounds him"--from www.imdb.com.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2010.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Up dvd 33164004238643 dvd 40.00 dvdfic 270507 cpy 1 aurora
DVD FIC Up
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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yesbyedith
Feb 26, 2020

George Clooney! Premise depressing.

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N13m4nd
Feb 22, 2020

Ryan does a grim job; he fires people. Businesses call him in to tell people they are no longer needed. But the job doesn't get Ryan down. He is sympathetic but firm, treats people with respect, fires them, and then flies away to the next job with a relaxed conscience. He's more comfortable on an airplane than he is at home, and this movie is the story of some of the people he meets while travelling and firing. Up in the Air is not light in tone and can be depressing to watch at times, but the cast includes several of my favorite people such as George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, JK Simmons, and Sam Elliot. It's definitely worth seeing, even if it isn't a movie you're likely to want to watch a second time.

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1aa
Jan 16, 2020

A very good movie with a twist ending; there is far too much use of cutbacks and the use of country music at most points is irritating.
Its well written; the incorporation of mobile devices (Blackberries) and their uses, especially texting is deft, as is the telecommuting (like webcam webchatting). None of the performances are bad, and the character development is excellent.

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ret2495
Jun 21, 2019

Disappointing and depressing

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iloveseaotters
May 20, 2019

I was really really disappointed int his movie. I expected something engaging and was left with something so boring that it was difficult to stay awake. Even more disappointing was the fact that I really wanted to see this movie when it came out.

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LoriVirginia
Apr 19, 2019

Tedious, depressing film mainly about people losing their jobs and their reactions to being let go. There were some scenes in the film worth watching, however. I enjoyed the speech about "co-pilots".

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MrsNikki
Mar 01, 2019

đź’– great

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gingin1972
Dec 16, 2017

Kind of boring movie! I was waiting for something to happen anything!!

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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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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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Swtalyssums
Jan 06, 2011

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Keep_On_Rockin
Dec 20, 2010

Keep_On_Rockin thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Ugogurl
Oct 13, 2010

Ugogurl thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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hur74Vety
Aug 18, 2010

hur74Vety thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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CoryDee
Feb 17, 2010

CoryDee thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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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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hur74Vety
Aug 18, 2010

Sexual Content: Nudity

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