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Up in the Air

Posted in Everyday by Witt on March 6, 2010

Friday Night Movie of the Week: Up in the Air

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George Clooney as Ryan

Vera Farmiga as Alex

Anna Kendrick as Natalie


Corporate downsizing expert/challenge speaker Ryan Bingham’s traveler lifestyle is threatened by a feisty newcomer Natalie Keener who singlehandedly developed a new scheme of firing people, through the internet. Along the way, he meets Alex Goran, another frequent-flyer, whom he develops instant chemistry. Truly, the story of a man ready to make a connection.

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Ryan shows young Natalie how it is done the natural way, canning people in their face.

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Ryan meets Alex in one of his numerous membership only VIP lounges. Strikes a conversation about their rental car service preference. Each flashes their VIP membership cards. Bonds perfectly.

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One of the funnier moments of the film happens when he takes snaps of this cut out photo of his sister and fiancé wherever he lands. Later on, he rewards the couple 500,000 miles flyer miles each as a wedding present.

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Heartbreak and Natalie leaving his firm leads our hero back to what he loves, flying. He reaches his dream of 10 million frequent flyer miles. The seventh to do so.


This Oscar nominated film was character driven, specifically the three major roles. Clooney being Clooney. Not really acting for him, he was just being himself. A long shot for him to take Oscar gold as lead actor. Some funny moments here and there. Anna Kendrick of Twilight fame, was the bright light of the movie. Quirky funny. Vera Farmiga did better in The Departed. The only thing I remember of her presence in this movie was when she flashed her nice buttocks for a couple of seconds. I loved the overhead city shots with the name of the city. Very retro.

Plot was predictable but being unpredictable is not the purpose of its screenwriter and director. On a side note, I kept telling Abbie that the character Alex is married and I was right. The tell was her hair. Most married women wear their hair that way.

Rent it. Nothing special in the movie houses.

1:46pm, 6 March 2010.

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  1. Abbie said, on March 6, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Married women wear their hair that way? Haha! That’s NEW! 🙂

  2. Witt said, on March 6, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    That’s not new. You just weren’t looking. Look around you. At the office. The mall. In Gilbert’s vans. Everywhere.

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