“Up in the Air” is a Comedy?
Talent Clearly is Not Transmitted Genetically
By Joe Bodolai © 2010, All rights reserved
- The first pathetic joke in this supposed “comedy” was a flight attendant asking George Clooney’s character a question that was delivered as “would you like the cancer?” After several repetitions of this line and a cut back to Clooney, the incredibly predictable and amateurish attempt at a punchline arrived: “would you like the can, sir?”
- I remember hearing a story from a colleague (from an later era when I was not on the show) about a writer on SNL who brought a sketch to readthrough (or readthru if you prefer) with a similar joke. An hour later she was fired.
- Ten minutes into this movie I have fired Jason Reitman. But I allow him to carry on his merry way.
- Some minutes of no laughs or interesting insights later, there is an airport lounge scene where Clooney’s character chats up another frequent flyer and they do hand gestures about “how big”… wait for it…referring not to penis size but to air miles!
What I hate about “Up in the Air” is that it stays up in the air. The real story is on the ground. That’s the story of real people suffering, being made “redundant” or “downsized”, not the story of those who announce it. Imagine if this subject were in the hands of a real talent, such as Preston Sturges. That this movie is even nominated for anything other than “Corporate Promo of the Year” is disgraceful.