YMMV / Up in the Air

  • Adaptation Displacement: Who here knows about the book? Even Walter Kirn acknowledges this.
  • Award Snub: Losing Best Adapted Screenplay to Precious.
    • For the first few months of Awards Season, both the film and George Clooney's performance were considered frontrunners in the Best Picture and Best Actor categories, then The Hurt Locker started gaining momentum as a BP contender, Crazy Heart's release was pushed forward, and Avatar came out, leaving poor Up in the Air behind in the dust.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Ryan giving Natalie a glowing letter of recommendation that helped her get hired at the place in San Francisco.
  • Ear Worm: "Help Yourself", by Sad Brad Smith, the song played during the wedding scene.
    • "Genova", a downbeat piano instrumental heard when Ryan and Natalie arrive in Detroit, and featured in the teaser trailer.
    • "Goin' Home" by Dan Auberach, weird that a film about an emotionally distant man has so many heartwarming songs.
    • This land is my land!
  • Ending Fatigue: Natalie successfully conducts her first day of layoffs, and Ryan attends his sister's wedding, where he learns that "everyone needs a co-pilot," with the implication that he has finally gotten the inspiration he needs to begin a more meaningful relationship with Alex. Great place to leave off, right? But what's this? Alex has a husband? And children? And then Ryan clocks in his ten-millionth flyer mile? And one of Natalie's layoffs commits suicide? And Natalie quits her job out of grief? And the remote layoff program is suspended? And then Natalie applies for another job...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Although neither the movie nor George Clooney won any Oscars, Ryan Bingham did.
  • One-Scene Wonder: J.K. Simmons does a great job as a disgruntled employee, and Sam Elliot is an excellent veteran airline pilot.
  • The Scrappy: Not until the end of the film, but it's really hard to like Alex after, the revelation that she had a family and was just using Ryan for an affair when he had fallen in love with her. It's no wonder why the small amount of fanfiction pairs Ryan with Natalie.