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  • Actors: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton
  • Directors: Jason Reitman
  • Writers: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Walter Kirn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UNMEW2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,210 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A professional who specializes in "career transition counseling" (a euphemism for firing people) looks to accomplish his two main go als in life: to accumulate 1 million frequent flier miles, and to land a job at a mysterious management company called MythTech.

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Up in the Air transforms some painful subjects into smart, sly comedy--with just enough of the pain underneath to give it some weight. Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) spends most of his days traveling around the country and firing people; he's hired by bosses who don't have the nerve to do their layoffs themselves. His life of constant flight suits him--he wants no attachments. But two things suddenly threaten his vacuum-sealed world: his company decides to do layoffs via video conference so they don't have to pay for travel, and Bingham meets a woman named Alex (Vera Farmiga, The Departed), who seems to be the female version of him… and of course, he starts to fall in love. Writer-director Jason Reitman is building a career from funny but thoughtful movies about compromised people--a pregnant teen in Juno, a cigarette-company executive in Thank You for Smoking. George Clooney has a gift for playing smart men who aren't quite as smart as they think they are (Michael Clayton, Out of Sight). The combination is perfect: Bingham is charming and sympathetic but clearly missing something, and Up in the Air captures that absence with clarity and compassion. The outstanding supporting cast includes Anna Kendrick (Rocket Science), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go), and others, each small part pitched exactly right.--Bret Fetzer

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By Jeremy Walton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Aug. 2010
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In what I thought was one of the best films of 2009, George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a corporate downsizer who travels the country firing employees whose bosses are too cowardly to terminate in person. He has a sideline as a motivational speaker, extolling the virtues of a lifestyle free of relationship or dependency, but his real interest is the accumulation of frequent flyer miles (one of the delights of the story is the contrast between his fierce adherence to the airline's loyalty scheme and the way in which he's rewarding the loyalty of the people he's seeing every day).

The part is written so well, and Clooney is such a good actor, that you start out feeling that Bingham's life is one worthy of emulation (there's a classic early scene - set to a soundtrack item called "Security Ballet" - in which he manages to make the debilitating and degrading process of going through airport security appear cool, poised and sexy). Having drawn you in to the story so completely, you're then reminded of the flaws in his choices through his encounters with the youthful, optimistic Natalie, the bold, mysterious Alex and his semi-estranged family. Ryan's not a bad man, just a mistaken one - and the way in which we stay with him as his initial dedication to an attachment-free life is shaken is proof of Clooney's sympathetic portrayal of this unpromising character. This is a great film: funny, engaging and subtly beguiling, centred on a terrifically stylish performance by Clooney and able support from Vera Farmiga's Alex and Anna Kendrick's Natalie.
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Maybe the most mature and balanced comedy by an expert like Jason Reitman. Up in the air is light and apparently undefined like air and clouds themselves.
It starts like an acid satire of nowadays working mentality, then it turns to a more intimate comedy and becomes a bittersweet drama about lonely people in a cold world.
And you follow the flow just enjoying and sharing their little moments, their questions without an answer, and the spark of humanity and positivity that still can come out from little people like them.
Actors are truly engaging and loveable, and the director's style, although apparently soft and focused on actors and situations, is smart and able to switch moods and atmosphere, in order to let us live and feel all the range of emotions and situations condensed in this little story
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Basically, here's the deal. Before you rent a film, watch the trailer first or read up on some reviews. Then you wont 'be forced' to come onto websites such as this and rate it 1/5 stars, because you were expecting some sort of epic action-drama.

It's thoughtful, provocative and one of my favorite films of all time. But it's not fast, and there's literally no action. I'm just saying, don't rate it based on what it's not. Whatever.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2013
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I looked up dark comedy in the dictionary and it had "Up in the Air" by it. There isn't much plot to the movie, yet it keeps moving. It makes a statement about following your dreams, family, and goals as Clooney's words somehow always come back to haunt him. I had to laugh at loud when Sam Elliot came back to talk to Clooney about joining the 10 million mile club. Shades of "The Big Lebowski." I kept expecting him to call George "dude" and tell him he was his father. The movie is bittersweet at times and sad at others, although not a tear jerker. I was confused about his occupation. He is paid to come into an industry and tell the workers they are laid off. Doesn't HR fire people? Do they really hire an outside company to do that? The irony of a man who fires people for a living speaking at a conference called "Goalquest" is a bit Orwellian. The best line in the movie was during a firing that he allowed his young assistant to do. She got into trouble, so Clooney the master ax man, steps in and says, "Do you know why kids love ball players?" The old man says "Because the make a lot of money and have sex with beautiful women." Clooney responds, "No, that is why we love them. The reason why kids love them is because they followed their dream." He then convinces the man he can be a hero to grand kids by leaving this job and following his dream.
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Jason Reitman of 'Juno' fame tells us about an executive who has set out to become a travel legend by rushing from airport to airport, firing people inbetween. How do you feel when you finally get the supreme reward, a medal for the 10th million miles traveled ?
Well, sort of queasy. What is the meaning of it all ?
George Clooney is here at his best. Seemingly never acting, just being himself. Master of his art. The most interesting character is undoubtedly Anna Kendrick who evolves from perky, know-it-all Natalie - a supporting role at best - to a lead actress in her own right.
I love her face, because it mirrors all sorts of emotions without even moving the lips. Anna Kendrick has a remarkable face and she definnitely knows how to use it.
Not a great movie, but very good entertainment.
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This is not a comedy, this is not light hearted entertainment! The trailer,I have seen, is creating a completely wrong impression. The funny bits (mainly in the beginning) will be most appreciated by frequent travellers. From own experience they are not only funny but real.
The plot of the film is a bit weak and not very convincing. The environment shown along the personal story line is - at least for a European- disturbing and I would have hoped it would make people reflect on a culture where firing by video link can be conveyed as a real option.
Watch this film carefully and it is quite revealing about parts of US corporate culture.
If you are looking for a funny movie do not go for it, if you are looking for a socially critical relevant movie do not go for it. If you want both mixed together with some well known actors and you get it for a bargain price - then you can do a lot worse.
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