Up in the Air

The story of a man ready to make a connection.

Up in the Air
A bachelor and dedicated traveller is a hatchet man for hire: companies rope him in to fire their people when necessary. However complications arise when his boss hires him a new assistant, who proposes to fire people remotely, thus saving on all the travelling and expense. In order to make this work, she first has to learn how it's done in person, so the two of them go on the road (okay, plane) together. As time goes by, and emotions develop, they are forced to re-examine their lives. The film has won numerous awards already.

111 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language).
Crime, Drama, Romance, On the art circuit
Man of the Year!
Man of the Year!


George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey
Jason Reitman
ScreenplayJason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, from the novel by Walter Kim
MusicRolfe Kent
CinematographyEric Steelberg
EditingDana E. Glauberman
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2009
Produced byParamount Pictures, Cold Spring Pictures, DW Studios, The Montecito Picture Company, Rickshaw Productions, Right of Way Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageModerate, frequent
NudityOne scene, non-sexual context
SexFrequent sexual innuendo, infrequent sexual behaviour
BlasphemySome, infrequent, mild
Drug abuseSocial alcohol
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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith quote iconIt's a breath of fresh air
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople quote iconGeen komdie dié oor werkverlies in Amerika
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan quote iconGet ready to soar
Box Office
Pete Hammond quote iconUp In The Air is certain to draw hearty crowds and major award season attention. It deserves it and should stand up as one of 2009’s best pictures.
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconPeople I meet always ask if there is something wonderful to see at the movies. Now I have an answer. See Up in the Air, a transporting comedy from slump-resistant director Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking, Juno) that jet-fuels the Oscar race, rattles with romantic turbulence, rumbles with the terror of living in a cratering economy and takes a never-better George Clooney on the ride of his acting life.
C. Fuchs quote iconOne of the best offerings of 2009 and clearly one of my favorites, one should book a flight with Up in the Air as soon as possible and then enjoy both the journey and the intellectual and emotional destination to which it will take you.
36 critics
Rottentomatoes critics
226 critics
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconLed by charismatic performances by its three leads, director Jason Reitman delivers a smart blend of humor and emotion with just enough edge for mainstream audiences.

What the People say

21828 Netizens quote iconAnother hit from the Director of Juno, Jason Reitman

Average .. 81%



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