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 Hearts release was pushed forward, and Avatar came out, leaving poor Up in the Air behind in the dust.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • They weren't just sexting, they were BlackBerry Messenger...exting
    • Ryan and Alex getting off on each other's elite statuses.
    • Even while talking to a heartbroken girl, Ryan manages a snappy one liner.
      Natalie: (sobbing) He broke up with me by text message!
      Ryan: Wow. That's kinda like getting fired over the Internet.
    • The moment when Natalie starts crying about her break-up is quite hilarious too.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Ryan going to see Alex to start a relationship, only to see she is married with a family.
    • Ryan discovering that one of the people he fired committed suicide.
    • The shot of Natalie sitting in a room full of empty desk chairs.
    • Natalie again, when the audience and Ryan learn she quit, all we see is a quick, silent shot of her departing self in a terminal walkway.
    • The montage near the end, with all of the Real Life firees talking about how important their families are to them and how they'll help them get through being unemployed.