New Trailer for George Clooney's 'Up in the Air'

In troubling economic times like these, what kinds of movies do people want to see? So far this year, escapist fantasy has won out (Transformers 2, anybody? Maybe some Half-Blood Prince to go with that?). But the year's not over yet, and the winter's most buzzed-about indie movie may just bring us back down to earth.

Up in the Air, opening in December, stars George Clooney as a businessman who flies around the country executing lay-offs for spineless corporations. (Touches a nerve, doesn't it?) The new trailer, "Everyone Needs A Co-Pilot," is now online at Apple.

The trailer makes the film look like a bit like a romantic comedy, with Clooney choosing between seductive Vera Farmiga and buttoned-up Anna Kendrick. That's misleading, though. According to early reviews, the movie is much bigger than that; says Slashfilm, "It’s about a middle aged man who thinks he has everything figured out, and is forced to reevaluate the meaning of life as he knows it."

In other words, it's yet another career-making performance for Clooney. And it's showcasing the talents of a relative newcomer: Kendrick, who until now was best known for a pretty small role as Bella's friend in Twilight. (Up in the Air explains her People's Choice Award nomination.)

So: are Americans really going to leave the house on Christmas to see a movie about downsizing? Maybe they should. Reviews from the Telluride Festival were almost-unanimously fantastic. Furthermore, director Jason Reitman's last film was another unlikely hit that got everybody talking: a little comedy about teen pregnancy called Juno.


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