Up in the Air script
Up in the Air (2009)
Synopsis: An idea from a young, new co-worker (Anna Kendrick) would put an end to the constant travel of corporate downsizer Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), so he takes her on a tour to demonstrate the importance of face-to-face meetings with those they must fire. While mentoring his colleague, he arranges hookups with another frequent-flier (Vera Farmiga), and his developing feelings for the woman prompt him to see others in a new light.

INT. STEVE’S BOSS’S OFFICE - DAY

Steve’s BOSS sits at his desk. Subtitle reads - “A Big Pussy”

RYAN (V.O.)

... who don’t have the balls to

sack their own employees. And in

some cases, for good reason.

Because, people do crazy shit when

they get fired.

FLASH IMAGES:

Steve wipes off his boss’s desk.

Steve shreds sensitive documents.

Steve pours bleach into the communal coffee pot.

Steve loads an assault rifle. He stands up to get a view of

his coworkers on a coffee break.

BACK TO:

INT. SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY

Steve is trying to hold it together.

RYAN (V.O.)

And that’s where I come in.

STEVE:

What did I... do? What could I have

done differently here?

RYAN:

This is not an assessment of your

productivity. It’s important not to

personalize this.

Steve scoffs at this.

Ryan slides Steve a PACKET.

5.

RYAN (CONT’D)

Steve, I want you to review this

packet. Take it seriously. I think

you’re going to find a lot of

answers in there.

STEVE:

(dismissive)

Oh, I’m sure it’s going be really

helpful.

RYAN (CONT’D)

Look, anybody who ever built an

empire, or changed the world, sat

where you are now. And it’s because

they sat there that they were able

to do it.

And just for a moment, Steve looks hopeful.

RYAN (CONT’D)

I’m going to need your key card.

STEVE:

Right...

Steve begins removing it from his wallet.

RYAN:

Take the day. Put together your

personal things. Talk to your coworkers.

Tomorrow, go out and get

some exercise. Go for a jog. Give

yourself routines and pretty soon

you’ll find your legs.

Steve nods and gets up to leave. Just as he’s about to walk

out, he stops and turns back.

STEVE:

Wait, how do I get in touch with you?

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Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman (born October 19, 1977) is a Canadian-American[2] film director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for directing the films Thank You for Smoking (2005), Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009), and Young Adult (2011). As of February 2, 2010, he has received one Grammy award and four Academy Award nominations, two of which are for Best Director. Reitman is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. He is the son of director Ivan Reitman. more…

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