Up in the Air | 2009

Directed by: Jason Reitman

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Main Plot

Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire presenting a new business model.


  • George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a corporate downsizer who travels extensively to fire employees on behalf of companies.
  • Vera Farmiga plays a love interest of George Clooney's character, Ryan, who challenges his commitment to a life of constant travel.
  • Anna Kendrick's character, Natalie, is a young employee who challenges the protagonist's lifestyle and views on relationships.


In the ending of Up in the Air, Ryan Bingham realizes the importance of human connections and decides to pursue a more meaningful life. He abandons his goal of reaching 10 million frequent flyer miles and instead chooses to settle down with Alex, a woman he has fallen in love with. After giving a motivational speech, Ryan returns to his hometown to attend his sister's wedding, symbolizing his newfound commitment to personal relationships and leaving his nomadic lifestyle behind.

Jason Reitman