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Up in the Air (2009)

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Comedy, Drama, Romance |

Up in the Air is a American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner, based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Walter Kirn. The story is centered on corporate “downsizer” Ryan Bingham and his travels. Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, and Danny McBride also star. Filming was primarily in St. Louis, Missouri, which substituted for a number of other cities. Several scenes were filmed in Detroit, Omaha, Las Vegas and Miami.

Reitman promoted Up in the Air with personal appearances at 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 November 30, 2009.

Ryan Bingham works for a human resources consultancy firm specializing in termination assistance. His work constantly takes him around the country, conducting company layoffs on behalf of employers. Ryan also gives motivational speeches, using the analogy, “What’s in Your Backpack?” to extol living free of burdensome relationships and material possessions. A frequent flyer, Ryan aspires to earn ten million frequent flyer miles with American Airlines. While traveling, Ryan meets Alex, a professional woman who also flies frequently. They begin a casual relationship, meeting up in various cities as schedules allow.

Ryan is recalled to his company’s offices in Omaha, Nebraska. Natalie Keener, a young, ambitious new hire, promotes cutting costs by conducting layoffs via videoconferencing. Ryan, unwilling to give up traveling, raises concerns that the new system could be impersonal and apathetic, and argues that Natalie lacks understanding about the firing process and how to handle emotionally vulnerable people.

Director: Jason Reitman

Writers: Walter Kirn (novel), Jason Reitman (screenplay), Sheldon Turner (screenplay)

Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, J.K. Simmons

Cast:

George ClooneyRyan Bingham
Vera FarmigaAlex Goran
Anna KendrickNatalie Keener
Jason BatemanCraig Gregory
Amy MortonKara Bingham
Melanie LynskeyJulie Bingham
J.K. SimmonsBob
Sam ElliottMaynard Finch
Danny McBrideJim Miller
Zach GalifianakisSteve
Chris LowellKevin
Steve EastinSamuels
Marvin YoungYoung MC
Cut ChemistConference DJ
Adrienne LampingTammy
Meagan FlynnFlight Attendant
Dustin MilesNed
Tamara TungateClub Hostess
Laura AckermannCheck-in Lady
Meghan MaguireBusiness Woman
Courtney KlingAirport Clerk
Matt O’TooleAlex’s Husband (voice)
Alan DavidHilton Clerk
Erin McGraneDianne
Cari MohrPurser
Jerry VogelSan Francisco Manager
Adhir KalyanIrate IT
Jeff WitzkeGoalquest Host
Dave EngferSoftware Dude
Paul GoetzRental Car Assistant
Michele LeeConference Worker
Jennifer FlaksWedding Cousin
Bill YanceyWedding Pastor
John MebruerBand Leader
Ellen GutierrezWedding Coordinator
Adam RoseMakeout Dave
Kevin PilaTerminated Employee
Kelly BerthaTerminated Employee
Cozy BaileyTerminated Employee
Lamorris ConnerTerminated Employee
Deborah L. NormanTerminated Employee
Casey BartelsTerminated Employee
Billy PhelanTerminated Employee
Art HillTerminated Employee
Patricia AllisonTerminated Employee
David F. RybickiTerminated Employee
Andy GlantzmanTerminated Employee
K. Darnell LewisTerminated Employee
Jo Michelle FavaroTerminated Employee
Stephanie JaniunasTerminated Employee
Thomas M. MartilottiTerminated Employee
Erin Welsh-KrengelTerminated Employee
Marlene GorkiewiczTerminated Employee
Mark SommersTerminated Employee
Wilbur WeidlichTerminated Employee
Grace SmithTerminated Employee
Scott LapinskiTerminated Employee
George BattenTerminated Employee
Sope AlukoSoftware Woman
Mike AncrileBusiness Traveler / IT Conference Attendee
Jeffrey ArringtonSoftware Tech
Kojo AsieduBusiness Traveler
Patrick AustinBreak Room Co-worker
Courtney BenjaminGate Agent
Michael BenteleExtra
Nicole BlaszczykStewardess
Kourtney BrownMake-Out IT
Wayne E. Brown1st Officer
Ed CallisonConference Room Executive
Brian CarneyLaid-Off Worker
Jeff CarrMan in Yellow Shirt
Shawn I. ChevalierDetroit Co-Worker
Alissa CollinsSoftware Model
Kevin CrawfordCTC Team Member
Sara CrowellConvention Attendee
Jeremy CurranWedding Guest
Rodney DavisExtra
Karla DieseldorffBikini Girl
Vanessa ElgrichiFlight Attendant
Dona EllisDesk Girl
Didier ElyseeIT Guy
Chad A. FehrExtra
Vohn FergusonMiami Convention Attendee
Doug FeslerBusiness Traveler
Patrick H. FoxConference Atendee
Bobby J. GatusExtra
Angela Golden BryanDockside Shopper
Charlotte GraceAirport Employee
Brad GrouxTraveler
Joe HammerstoneAirport Traveler
Lanette Fugit HannahFlight Attendant
HeManSoftware Dude
Ernesto HernandezAngel Goodman
Carri JarvisFlight Attendant
Tamala JonesKaren Barnes
Walter KirnConference Room Executive
Andrew KruczynskiSergeant Perez
Suzanne LaChasseFlight Attendant
Ashley LeilaniSoftware Technician
Laurel LeveyComputer Geek at Miami Convention

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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