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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Shhh! It's A Sneak Peek of Up In the Air

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 3:06 PM

The first local press screening of the Jason Reitman/George Clooney film Up In the Air -- perhaps the most eagerly anticipated movie in St. Louis since that flick about the World's Fair -- happened this morning at the Tivoli in the Delmar Loop.

While we've been asked by the PR company to withhold any reviews or features until the theatrical release in December, it can't hurt to share a few first impressions with you, loyal Daily RFT readers.

And for anyone lucky (or sneaky) enough to snag tickets to the sold-out screening on November 14 at the St. Louis International Film Festival, here's a little taste of what you can expect.

-Those hoping to play "I Spy" with  the local sights (if you missed the past six months in a coma, the movie was partially filmed here; the town went Clooney crazy and things haven't been nearly as exciting since George left us) will be sorely disappointed. St. Louis gets approximately five minutes of screen time in a two-plus hour movie. (Quipped a co-worker upon hearing this: "Well that's five minutes more than we've ever got before.") There's not even a real shot of the Arch, but if you squint you can see Mike Shannon's restaurant in one scene.

-That said, in a movie centered around flying, airports, and traveling, Clooney's character goes out of his way to heap praise on Lambert Field. Seriously.

-If you enjoyed Jason Reitman's Thank You For Smoking, you will also like Up In the Air. Clooney plays a lovable douchebag who shares more than a few trait's with Aaron Eckhart's tobacco company spin master.

-Pressed for a genre, I'd go with dark romantic comedy. The word bittersweet also comes to mind as a good descriptor.

-Women with fantasies about sexting Dr. Doug Ross will leave the theater very, very excited.

-Much like his turn in The Big Lebowski, a massively mustachioed Sam Elliot steals the show with some sage advice.

-This is, perhaps, the first film that proudly identifies itself as "recession era." The reaction shots of dozens of people losing their jobs (at the hands of Clooney and his too-cute co-star Anna Kendrick) are simultaneously hilarious (Zach Galifianakis, I'm looking at you) and depressing considering that, in real life, everyone knows someone who's been laid off.

-There will be a huge plot twist that you will not see coming. Vague, I know, but there will be no spoilers here.

That's all for now folks. Expect more from us in the coming weeks, including an interview with director Jason Reitman and a little something in the print edition about the film.

In the meantime, if this post didn't provide your Clooney fix, check out the trailers and teasers that have been released.

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