Up in the Air

December 4th 2009
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 109 min,
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Melanie Lynskey, J.K. Simmons, Sam Elliott, Zach Galifianakis, James Anthony, Steve Eastin, Dave Engfer, Doug Fesler, Tamala Jones, Andrew Kruczynski, Chris Lowell, Adam Rose, Lauren Mae Shafer, Eric Dwight
  • Director: Jason Reitman
  • Writers: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Walter Kirn
  • Producers: Jeffrey Clifford, Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman
  • Associate Producers: Ali Bell, Jason Blumenfeld, Helen Estabrook
  • Executive Producers: Michael Beugg, Ted Griffin, Joe Medjuck, Tom Pollock
  • Art Direction: Andrew Max Cahn
  • Casting: Mindy Marin
  • Costume Design: Danny Glicker
  • D.O.P.: Eric Steelberg
  • Editor: Dana E. Glauberman
  • Makeup: Jeff Lewis
  • Music: Rolfe Kent
  • Production Design: Steve Saklad
  • Set Decoration: Linda Lee Sutton


Ryan Bingham's job is to fire people from theirs. The anguish, hostility, and despair of his "clients" has left him falsely compassionate, living out of a suitcase, and loving every second of it. When his boss hires arrogant young Natalie, she develops a method of video conferencing that will allow termination without ever leaving the office - essentially threatening the existence Ryan so cherishes. Determined to show the naive girl the error of her logic, Ryan takes her on one of his cross country firing expeditions, but as she starts to realize the disheartening realities of her profession, he begins to see the downfalls to his way of life.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Detroit, USA; Las Vegas, USA; Miami, USA, Missouri, USA; Omaha, USA; St. Louis, UA
  • MPAA Warning: Language and some sexual content
  • Production Budget: $30 million
  • Production Companies: Cold Spring Pictures, DW Studios, Montecito Picture Company, Paramount Pictures, Right of Way Films
  • Production Schedule: February 2009 - April 2009

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With the exception of the famous actors, every person we see fired in the film is not an actor but a real life recently laid off person. The filmmakers put out ads in St. Louis and Detroit posing as a documentary crew looking to document the effect of the recession. When people showed up, they were instructed to treat the camera like the person who fired them and respond as they did or use the opportunity to say what they wished they had.

Jason Reitman began writing the screenplay in 2002 when the economy was booming and planned to make it as his first feature. The opportunity to make Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Juno (2007) presented themselves and he put this off until this year, meanwhile America plummeted into an economic recession. He said the film's tone changed completely in response to the real world crisis and works much better now as a topical piece than it would have a decade ago, the delays in its realization being fortuitous.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 7 January 2010: Australia
  • 8 January 2010: Spain
  • 14 January 2010: Netherlands
  • 15 January 2010: Italy, Norway, Sweden, UK
  • 21 January 2010: Russia
  • 28 January 2010: Denmark
  • 3 February 2010: Belgium
  • 4 February 2010: Argentina, Germany
  • 5 February 2010: Bulgaria, Mexico
  • 10 February 2010: France
  • 12 February 2010: Turkey
  • 25 February 2010: Singapore
  • 11 March 2010: Hungary
  • 12 March 2010: Estonia
  • 19 March 2010: Finland
  • 20 March 2010: Japan