After hitting folks hard at Telluride, knocking them down, and stealing all the positive praise they were carrying around in their wallets, Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air has released a teaser trailer. This trailer somehow manages to both be 1) George Clooney talking a bunch and 2) entirely compelling. His monologue reads as if Gordon Gekko mated with Dean Martin and their offspring grew up studying nihilism in order to become a motivational speaker.

Our friends (and soon-to-be couch surfers at Reject HQ) over at /film has the exclusive trailer which you should see in Hi-Def. Check out the not-hi-def version here:

Near perfect.

The only misstep is a funny sound cue when Anna Kendrick’s character is breaking down in Clooney’s arms – there’s a tremelo synth line that pops in like a cartoon sound of someone crying that made me laugh the first time I saw it.

Otherwise, damn, a great way to get audiences interested. Or at least me. I’ve gone ahead and started the process of loading up a backpack with my blender, all of my clothing, my upright bass, two houseplants, a bust of Stonewall Jackson, and I should start kidnapping and packing my close friends and acquaintances by tonight. This is what happens with George Clooney tells me to do something. I take it literally.

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