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Up In The Air Looks Pretty Good, I Guess!

Gabe Delahaye | September 9, 2009 - 4:49 pm

Up in the Air trailer, you guys:

I never read Walter Kirn’s book when it came out, because the story of a businessman who’s like some kind of Sonic the Hedgehog of frequent flyer miles (i.e. he is trying to get all the frequent flyer miles) did not seem like an interesting book to me. And also Up in the Air came out the summer before 9/11 (in case you don’t know what 9/11 is, here is a link to the Wikipedia entry). It just wasn’t a time where people were interested in the comings and goings of a frequent flyer miles addict. Or at least I wasn’t. But apparently that is exactly what people are interested in now. And fair enough! We have to be interested in something! It’s either this or 50 Cent’s investment strategies.

But this movie looks pretty good!

George Clooney is really good at acting, and this isn’t even a military farce. Plus: Danny McBride! Zach Galifianakis! Jason Bateman! And a shark backpack!

Now, the writer/director, Jason Reitman, is 1-2 these days. He directed Thank You For Smoking, which was pretty good. And he directed Juno, which is absolutely the worst. So I am going to give him a pass. And as you know, my decision to give a Hollywood movie director a pass is a real thing that exists and is important and carries weight somewhere (it is not areal thing, it is not important, and it carries weight nowhere).

“It’s complicated.”
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It’s not that complicated! I’m moving Up in the Air from a Do Not Buy to a Sell.