Up in the Air
Summer 2010 Summer Films series
Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 8:00pm
Directed by Jason Reitma
Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Based on the book by Walter Kirn
Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey
Rated 14A ·
Up in the Air is the timely odyssey of Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a corporate downsizer and consummate modern business traveler who, after years of staying happily airborne, suddenly finds himself ready to make a real connection.
Ryan has long been contented with his unencumbered lifestyle lived out across America in airports, hotels and rental cars. He can carry all he needs in one wheel-away case; he’s a pampered, elite member of every travel loyalty program in existence; and he’s close to attaining his lifetime goal of 10 million frequent flier miles—and yet… Ryan has nothing real to hold onto.
Just when he falls for a simpatico fellow traveler (Vera Farmiga), Ryan’s boss (Jason Bateman), inspired by a young, upstart efficiency expert (Anna Kendrick), threatens to permanently call him in from the road. Faced with the prospect, at once terrifying and exhilarating, of being grounded, Ryan begins to contemplate what it might actually mean to have a home.
“Up in the Air is light and dark, hilarious and tragic, romantic and real. It’s everything that Hollywood has forgotten how to do; we’re blessed that director Jason Reitman (Juno, Thank You For Smoking) has remembered.” Up in the Air is a romantic comedy with a difference–or maybe several. In addition to six Oscar nominations, it garnered 52 additional nominations and 44 awards.