英文名：Up in the Air
导演：贾森·雷特曼 Jason Reitman
主演：乔治·克鲁尼 George Clooney
维拉·法梅加 Vera Farmiga
安娜·肯德里克 Anna Kendrick
贾森·贝特曼 Jason Bateman
艾米·莫顿 Amy Morton
梅勒尼·莱恩斯基 Melanie Lynskey
Ryan Bingham works for a human resources consultancy firm which specializes in
termination assistance, and makes his living traveling to workplaces across the
United States, conducting company layoffs and firings on behalf of employers. He
also gives motivational speeches, using the analogy "What's in Your Backpack?"
to extol the virtues of a life free of burdensome relationships with people as
well as things. A frequent flyer, Ryan has no fixed abode, relishes his travels,
and desires to become the seventh and youngest person to earn ten million
frequent flyer miles with American Airlines. During his travels, he meets
another frequent flyer named Alex, and they begin a casual relationship.
Ryan is called back to his company's offices in Omaha, Nebraska. Natalie
Keener, a young and ambitious new hire, promotes a program designed to cut costs
by conducting layoffs via videoconferencing. Ryan raises concerns that the
program could be seen as detached and apathetic, arguing that Natalie knows
nothing about the reality of the firing process or how to handle upset people.
He then plays the role of a fired employee to demonstrate her inexperience.
Ryan's boss assigns him to bring Natalie on his next round of terminations to
show her the ropes.
As they travel together, Natalie questions Ryan's philosophies on life,
particularly on relationships and love, but Ryan is adamant that he is more than
happy with his lifestyle. During the trip, Natalie is shattered when her
boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her by text message, and Ryan and Alex try to
comfort her. On the test run, the earlier concerns Ryan raised prove valid; one
laid-off person breaks down in tears before the camera, and Natalie is unable to
comfort him. Another threatens to commit suicide. Natalie later lectures Ryan
about his refusal to consider a commitment to Alex in spite of their obvious
compatibility, and becomes infuriated; she apologizes later, but soon afterward
they are both ordered back to Omaha to implement Natalie's program.
Instead of returning immediately to Omaha, Ryan convinces Alex to accompany
him to his younger sister's wedding. He learns that the reason the couple had
him take photos of a cutout picture of them in various places was because they
cannot afford a honeymoon, inspired by "the french film" (Amelie). When the
groom gets cold feet, Ryan's older sister talks Ryan into using his motivational
skills to persuade the groom to go through with the wedding. Although this runs
counter to Ryan's personal philosophy, he successfully argues that the important
moments in life are rarely unshared. The wedding goes off without any further
Ryan begins having second thoughts about his life and philosophies. As he
starts delivering his "What's in Your Backpack?" speech at a convention in Las
Vegas, he realizes he no longer believes it, and walks off the stage. On an
impulse, he flies to Alex's home in Chicago. When she opens the door, Ryan is
stunned to discover she is married and has children, and leaves before her
husband can suspect anything. She later tells him over the phone that her family
is her real life and he is an escape.
On Ryan's flight home, the crew announces that he has just crossed the ten
million mile mark, and a small celebration is thrown. The airline's chief pilot
comes out of the cockpit to meet Ryan. He notes that Ryan is the youngest person
to reach the milestone. When asked where he is from, a disheartened Ryan can
only respond, "here."
Ryan calls the airline to transfer five hundred thousand miles each to his
sister and brother-in-law, enough for them to fly around the world for their
honeymoon. His boss tells Ryan that a woman he and Natalie fired during their
travels has killed herself, and that an upset Natalie has quit via text message.
The company also puts the remote-layoff program on hold.
Natalie applies for a job in San Francisco, where she was offered a job before
following her now ex-boyfriend to Omaha. The interviewer is impressed by her
qualifications and a glowing recommendation from Ryan, and hires her. The film
concludes with Ryan standing in front of a vast destination board, looking up,
and letting go of his luggage.
乔治·克鲁尼 George Clooney .... Ryan Bingham
维拉·法梅加 Vera Farmiga .... Alex Goran
安娜·肯德里克 Anna Kendrick .... Natalie Keener
贾森·贝特曼 Jason Bateman .... Craig Gregory
艾米·莫顿 Amy Morton .... Kara Bingham
梅勒尼·莱恩斯基 Melanie Lynskey .... Julie Bingham
J.K.·希蒙斯 J.K. Simmons .... Bob
山姆·艾略特 Sam Elliott .... Maynard Finch
丹尼·麦克布耐德 Danny McBride .... Jim Miller
扎克·加利费安纳基斯 Zach Galifianakis .... Steve
克里斯·劳威尔 Chris Lowell .... Kevin
斯蒂夫·伊斯丁 Steve Eastin .... Samuels
Marvin Young .... HimselfYoung MC)
Lucas MacFadden .... Conference DJCut Chemist)
Adrienne Lamping .... Tammy
Meagan Flynn .... Flight Attendant
Dustin Miles .... Ned
Tamara Tungate .... Club Hostess
Laura Ackermann .... Check-in Lady
Mary Meghan Kerckhoff .... Business Woman