"People may not want to spend two hours with something they're living with every day," says Russell Schwartz, a movie-marketing consultant. "It's also a movie that's being
released against the tide, when uplifting stories and light escapism are thriving." On top of that, it's not easily categorized -- it's both comedy and drama -- or summarized.
"Up in the Air" is only opening in only 12 cities, expanding gradually until Dec. 25, when it will play wide. Paramount hopes the measured release will build word of mouth. Another unusual feature of the movie are interviews with real people who relate their experiences of being fired. But the marketing downplays layoffs and focuses on the Clooney character's journey of self-discovery.