Up in the Air

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Adult dramedy taps into emotions of current tough times.

R 2009 109 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 17+

Film Art or Victim Art?

This film presents real people who have been laid off and downsized. Seeing people relay their stories is why I gave the rating as high as I did. Seeing Ryan Bingham's character go through his existential crisis feels indulgent and self-serving. And at the end as a reward we see that he lets go of his suitcase in front of a departure/arrivals board and that somehow metaphorically that is him leaving everything behind and having a "fresh start." And what of all of those people he has dutifully laid off? Especially the real faces of US Americans struggling with the egregious burden of unemployment, especially in the face of so much alleged national prosperity. Up in the Air grounds itself with real people but then leaves them hanging. How do we hear about these stories ethically without toeing the line with victim art?
age 15+

Not worth the effort. Not a feel-good movie.

What a waste of time. A shallow film about a guy who realizes that his life is empty, but then does nothing to change it. Leaves you disappointed with the overall message that life is pointless, but it's not as bad when you have someone to share it with. Clooney jumps in bed with a fellow traveler only to find out later that it was meaningless and can go nowhere. A depressing movie about a guy who ends up alone.

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