About the film:
Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel, Up in the Air, written by Walter Kirn. The story is about a corporate downsizer in his travels and follows his isolated life and philosophies, along with the people that he meets along the way.
Kirn wrote the book after meeting another passenger in a first class cabin who enjoyed being on the road more than 300 days a year. Reitman started adapting the book in 2002, but did not complete the screenplay until 2008 because of directoral duties for both Thank You for Smoking and Juno. Reitman wrote the parts specifically for George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Melanie Lynskey, Amy Morton, Sam Elliott and Zach Galifianakis. Reitman included twenty-two recently laid off workers who played themselves being fired. Filming was primarily in St. Louis, Missouri which substituted for a number of other cities shown in the film. Several scenes were also filmed in Detroit, Michigan, Omaha, Nebraska, Las Vegas, Nevada and Miami, Florida.
What People Are Saying:
"People 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."—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone