Up in the Air

Up in the Air (2009)

11 mistakes

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Factual error: If you're a Hertz #1 Club Gold Member like Ryan is, you don't need to swipe your card or sign for a rental as shown in 2 scenes. You just go to your assigned car in the lot and show your driver's license at the exit.

Visible crew/equipment: When Alex closes the door of her home, huge squared lighting screens get reflected on the glass window on it.

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Factual error: When Bingman is shown leaving Detroit, he is in front of a large window with a 747 outside (also the movie cover). This fountain and location is inside the McNamara terminal in Detroit. As he is a million miler with American Airlines, he would be in the other terminal.


Factual error: In the first scene that takes place in Ryan Bingham's office in Omaha, if you look out the window, a City of Saint Louis, Missouri flag (red with a blue sort of sideways Y shape on it) can be seen in the reflection of the building across the street.

Other mistake: When Ryan and Alex are first together in the hotel room, there is a gratuitous nude view of her getting on the bed. The body double used for this couldn't be more than 21, and her appearance is quite at odds with the character, who is pushing 40.

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Suggested correction: This is pure opinion. Yes, it has been said that a body double was used in this scene. But within the world of the movie, there's no reason that can't be Alex. She reveals later that she's 34, and many women look absolutely splendid at that age. We see her partially nude in the very next shot, with no big discrepancy from what we saw from behind. It wasn't until after several viewings of this movie that I found out that this was a double, and even now that I know, it's still not obvious at all.


Factual error: When Bateman orders Clooney and Kendrick to return to Omaha from Detroit, there is a shot of them waiting in the McNamara Terminal. This Terminal, however, only holds Northwest/Delta flights. They would be in new North Terminal of Detroit Metro Airport, since they fly American Airlines.


Factual error: After the rehearsal dinner, Ryan is told to turn up around 5pm for the wedding to start at 5.30pm. In February, sunset is between 5.04pm and 5.42pm for Waupaca, so it would be dark outside, however, when the wedding takes place and into the dinner itself, it is light outside.


Factual error: In the scene where Bingman leaves Chicago after visiting Alex, he is shown riding the airport tram. This tram is inside the McNamara terminal in Detroit.


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Ryan and Alex are comparing travel cards, Alex's grip on Ryan's concierge card changes in close-ups.

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Revealing mistake: When the group is leaving the dinner they are talking while standing outside in the snow. It is supposed to be in COLD Wisconsin, yet you cannot see anyone's breath as you would when someone is talking outside in the cold. (01:15:50)


Other mistake: In the scene where Ryan Bingham is giving his self-help presentation to an audience in Miami, he is standing behind a podium that says Wichita.

Ryan Bingham: How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you're carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life... You start with the little things. The shelves, the drawers, the knickknacks, then you start adding larger stuff. Clothes, tabletop appliances, lamps, your TV... The backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. You go bigger. Your couch, your car, your home... I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now I want you to fill it with people. Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office... And then you move into the people you trust with your most intimate secrets. Your brothers, your sisters, your children, your parents and finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. You get them into that backpack, feel the weight of that bag. Make no mistake your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises. The slower we move the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living. Some animals were meant to carry each other to live symbiotically over a lifetime. Star crossed lovers, monogamous swans. We are not swans. We are sharks.

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Question: I'm fairly positive that one of the African-American female terminated employees, who has a very small but significant role in Up in the Air(trying to avoid spoiling the plot), is Elise Neal. Elise Neal was D.L. Hughley's wife in The Hughleys and also starred in Hustle and Flow. Any reason why she is not credited on the film? imdb.com and other sites do not list her as a cast member.

Answer: It is not unusual for actors to appear in films in uncredited cameo roles. There's many reasons. Their appearance is not significant enough to warrant a film credit, it is a surprise for the audience, they do it for fun or as a favor to the director or producer, it avoids contract obligations, and so on.

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