Up in the Air

Published July 25, 2010

Up in the Air

Film info

  • Title Up in the Air
  • Director Jason Reitman
  • Year 2009
  • Run time 1hr 49m
  • Genres Drama, Romance
  • Tagline The story of a man ready to make a connection

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

Live Blog

1:13This title sequence is weird. It’s making me dizzy.
4:29George!!! He’s lovely.
5:56Oh dear. George is being suspiciously neat. We’d never get on.
7:00I think he might have done that whole security thing before.
9:32“Imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing. Kind of exhilarating, isn’t it?”
11:52Who knew rental cars could be a pick up line?
16:00That’s not even a long-distance relationship - that’s a multi-distance relationship.
19:47She had exceptionally white teeth. You take cleaning too far, you know.
22:09That’s his line!
25:21What does she do at the company if she doesn’t do the firing thing?
27:27His sister ruined his system. Hehe, heads poking out of a suitcase.
30:01She “types with purpose.” Mr C does that too.
36:02Some of these redundancy bits are surprisingly moving.
37:2610 million miles???
44:49I wonder how all these employees will be credited at the end.
46:58“We are not swans.” Phew. “We’re sharks.” Oh.
49:56Best line of the film! I love it. Although, who cries like that in the middle of a hotel lobby? I am quite disturbed by that scene.
54:30If they have stolen some passes, does that mean other legitimate people won’t be able to get in?
55:02Uh oh, dancing.
1:07:13What if he looked in and saw they were in the next room? That would be weird.
1:11:25We should have watched this with an atlas.
1:18:25Why would anyone break INTO a school? Crazy talk.
1:22:15That’s a Sunday School, right? So many schools. I went to Sunday School for a bit.
1:25:16If someone asked me to be their co-pilot I’d say NO! I don’t like to fly.
1:26:09I thought the uncle was going to walk her up the aisle.
1:32:32He sacrificed air miles!
1:36:38Woah, that’s a moustache.
1:44:57Ahh, Terminated People. That’s how they were credited. The Terminator would be proud.


I don’t know when I became aware of this film, but when I suggested it to Mr C and we watched the trailer… we were sort of put off. It’s George Clooney though, and he makes everything special, so we decided to give it a go.

Despite the worries after watching the trailer, I really enjoyed the film. As expected, Mr Clooney can make anything great, but the story was good too. It was slightly predictable in places. The bit where he visited Alex at home, and the bit about the bridge, all guessed in advance. But the relationship between George and Natalie was good. I’m glad it wasn’t a “throw two odd people together and watch them fall in love” thing. Recommended. Also, how much did American Airlines pay!?

Rating: 4 / 5

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