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Funny Quotations from Up in the Air

Up in the Air is a romantic comedy drama film that follows the life of Ryan Bingham, a coporate downsizer. The film follows Ryan Bingham as he travels to workplaces around the United States to inform workers that they are being fired or laid off because their employers fear to tell them. During one of his trips, he meets another frequent flyer, Alex, and begins a relationship with her. Ryan is unexpectedly called back to his office in Omaha, Nebraska and told that they can cut costs by doing layoffs via videoconferencing, which he says will not work because so much goes into the process of a firing. He agrees to take the new graduate who came up with the idea with him on his next layoffs trip. Directed by Jason Reitman. Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmga, and Anna Kendrick.

Up in the Air was nominated for six Oscar awards, including Best Motion Picture and Best Actor. The movie received critical acclaim upon its release and had huge financial success. The film is considered as one of the best movies from the 2000s. Continue reading for some Up in the Air quotes.


Ryan Bingham: I thought I was a part of your life.
Alex Goran: I thought we signed up for the same thing... I thought our relationship was perfectly clear. You are an escape. You're a break from our normal lives. You're a parenthesis.
Flight Attendant: Would you like the cancer?
Ryan Bingham: What?
Flight Attendant: Would you like the can, sir?
Natalie Keener: He broke up with me by text message.
Ryan Bingham: Wow. That's kind of like getting fired over the Internet.
Natalie Keener: Hungry much?
Ryan Bingham: Our business expense allots forty dollars each for dinner. I plan on grabbing as many miles as I can.
Ryan Bingham: Never get behind old people. Their bodies are littered with hidden metal and they never seem to appreciate how little time they have left. Bingo, Asians. They pack light, travel efficiently, and they have a thing for slip on shoes. Gotta love 'em.
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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