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Preview: Up In The Air

Ryan’s life may change when the company hires Natalie Keener, a young overachieving woman.

entertainment Updated: Feb 19, 2010 00:59 IST

Genre: Comedy

Director: Jason Reitman

Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman

Synopsis: Ryan Bingham works for Omaha-based Career Transition Counseling, whose contracts are in corporate downsizing. In other words, they fire people. Ryan is flying around the US over 320 days of the year, which he feels is the best part of his job. He does whatever he can to rack up frequent flyer miles, the goal not to use them but just to accumulate them to a specific number he has in his mind. His secondary job is to give motivational speeches on relieving one’s life of excess physical and emotional baggage. He truly does believe in what he espouses, as he lives out of his carry-on suitcase (his apartment in Omaha is really in name only), he is not close to his siblings, nor does he have or want a significant person in his life.

Ryan’s life may change when the company hires Natalie Keener, a young overachieving woman who recommends that the company change the nature of the work by conducting the ‘firings’ via remote computer access. Ryan believes that Natalie does not fully understand the nature of the business, and as such, their boss, Craig Gregory, suggests that she accompany Ryan on a business trip.

Ryan is also trying to protect his way of life, which now includes meeting up with a woman named Alex Goran whenever their flight schedules mesh. Like Ryan, Alex, whom he met in an airport hotel bar, is constantly travelling for work.