Rated R · 109 minutes · 2009

Comedy drama
If being set in the future qualifies a film to be considered science fiction, then Up in the Air--released in 2009--is a science-fiction film, as its last scene occurs in March 2010. The future! On the other hand, most sci-fi films are not about aging Lotharios and the emotional turmoil they face as they hit their long-postponed midlife crises. George Clooney commands the screen and delivers razor-sharp line readings as frequent-flyer Ryan Bingham. He also—and I find this fascinating—looks older than he actually is. Clooney claims to be 48, but he could pass for being in his mid-50s, which is pretty rare for members of the species Homo sapiens hollywoodensis. I guess doing an endless succession of supermodels really takes it out of you. Bingham must confront his own shallowness when he meets another frequent flyer (the stunning Vera Farmiga) and is forced to take on a young business partner (the charmingly unsexy Anna Kendrick). The stuff you assume will happen all happens, some of it at a wedding, which is lazy filmmaker shorthand for commitment issues. The story is trite, a sort of re-working of The Graduate for the middle-aged, but the script is sharp, and Clooney’s performance is commanding. In short: It’s light, sweet and forgettable, but worth the admission price if you’ve got some time to kill.

See our full review: A Familiar Trip

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Official Site: www.theupintheairmovie.com
Director: Jason Reitman
Producer: Daniel Dubiecki, Jeffrey Clifford, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, Ted Griffin, Michael Beugg, Tom Pollock and Joe Medjuck
Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Melanie Lynskey, Amy Morton, Sam Elliott, J.K. Simmons, Zach Galifianakis and Chris Lowell


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Charleston City Paper No need to over-think the basic movie pleasures of Up in the Air Don't over-think this one, folks. As awards season kicks into high gear, commentators of all stripes are going to talk about Up in the Air in terms of its zeitgeist relevance, its timely attention to economic instability, and the corporations that feast on the carrion of the downsized and dispossessed. And in so doing, they will overlook how simply satisfying it is as a piece of filmmaking. by Scott Renshaw 12/23/2009
Chicago Reader What's Wrong With Up in the Air Only in a year of mediocre movies would this patronizing Clooney vehicle be Oscar material. by J.R. Jones 12/15/2009
Memphis Flyer Carry the Weight Up in the Air is a snazzy, smart entertainment but not without turbulence. by Chris Herrington 12/24/2009
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