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Up in the Air (Jason Reitman, 2009) - five pre-viewing prompts

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  • Up in the Air (Jason Reitman, 2009) - five pre-viewing prompts

    1. What does the title of the film—Up in the Air—mean? Yes, its protagonist spends a lot of time on airplanes, and this literally “up in the air,” but what does the film suggest is figuratively up in the air as well?

    2. How does the film portray the nature of work in the contemporary world? Is that portrayal fair?

    3. How does the film view our prospects for meaningful and fulfilling relationships? Does it successfully link the quality of those prospects to larger factors in the world, the global economy, for example?

    4. Most stories present a protagonist who undergoes some process of transformation. Does the protagonist of “Up in the Air”—Ryan Bingham (played by George Clooney)—, or any other character in the film, go through any transformation? Is it perhaps aiming more at a transformation of our views by having the characters not transform?

    5. Up in the Air, like the great novel by Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, raises for question the relative value of weight to lightness as characteristics of human life. Which does it ultimately regard as superior?