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What Goes Up (2009)

Steve Coogan , Hilary Duff , Jonathan Glatzer  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Coogan, Hilary Duff, Olivia Thirlby, Josh Peck, Molly Shannon
  • Directors: Jonathan Glatzer
  • Writers: Jonathan Glatzer, Robert C. Lawson
  • Producers: Anthony Miranda, Breanne Hartley, Deboragh Gabler, Dureyshevar, Jack Nasser
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025B206O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Starring STEVE COOGAN and HILARY DUFF, What Goes Up takes a comedic look at life, love and all the chaos in between. Also starring OLIVIA THIRLBY and JOSH PECK. When a group of teenage social misfits befriends jaded journalist Campbell Babbitt (COOGAN), who's on assignment in their small New Hampshire town, they each find themselves searching for meaning and truth in their crazy, mixed-up lives. But as Babbitt gets to know these eccentric kids better -- their hidden secrets begin to rise to the surface, changing each other's lives forever.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised and Grateful June 17, 2009
At first, I wasn't sure where it was going... Up, down or just sideways. But soon, I realized the filmmakers were creating a world that resembled reality far more than almost any movie I've seen in that there are collisions between events, intentions, characters, loves, hates ...and the whole stew can be hysterically funny, odd, disturbing, heartbreaking and then funny all over again. In this way, I have to give the film enormous credit and gratitude that it does not try to be like every other movie. It does not talk down to its audience.

It takes place in 1986 in the days before the Challenger Shuttle blew up, but the themes of heroism and unexpected tragedy play out in subtle and clever ways. I think the critics who didn't like this movie are used to following very well paved roads with well defined markers. This movie follows its characters first to last and that can make it bumpy and twisty and ultimately, so much better. And because the characters are so three dimensional, the markers which we expect only come if the characters lead us there. They do in the end. The director lands us where we need to be. But along the way, we are on ground which is just as unsettled as the characters who turn to ridiculous methods to lessen the pain of losing someone they loved in their lives. If you're willing to walk this unsettled ground, it's well worth the ride. The performances are outstanding, especially Steve Coogan and Olivia Thirlby. If, on the other hand, you need to be spoon-fed or for your plots to be singular and instantly identifiable, you will probably hate it. You kind of have to give in to it and then the doors open and the characters and the overall tone of the film resonates. It WILL make you laugh and cry.

I saw this at a promotional screening.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly different June 19, 2009
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I was fortunate to see this film at the Los Angeles premiere, and I thought it was outstanding. The characters here are real, and that means unglamorous. But isn't that what real life is? Steve Coogan does a spot-on job as Campbell Babbitt, a departure from the roles we've come to expect from him. But a more dramatic turn suits him well. Hilary Duff, Olivia Thirlby and Josh Peck were excellent, bringing their flawed characters to life in a very real and believable way.

For me, some of the supporting cast members particularly stood out, especially Max Hoffman (Dustin's son) as Fenster and "twins" Ingrid Nilson and Andrea Brooks. These are real people. Nilson especially was just dynamite, and I found myself wishing that there would have been time to explore these characters a bit deeper.

I think the writers did a fine job with this story and the concept of what makes a hero or maybe whether all of our heroes really aren't heroic after all. There were a few places that could have been tighter, but this film was never meant to be perfect, and for that I am glad. Kudos to Jonathan Glatzer on a uniquely different film. I love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'We don't need another hero' October 2, 2010
'WHAT GOES UP must come down' and that seems to be one way of looking at this funky little film written by Robert Lawson and writer/director Jonathan Glatzer. Given Steve Coogan's comedic talents it is able to rise above an implausible script and come close to be entertaining.

The time frame is January 1986 and Campbell Babbitt (the last name is well chosen as a reference to Sinclair Lewis' novel 'Babbitt' - a satire of American culture, society, and behavior, it critiques the vacuity of middle-class American life and its pressure on individuals toward conformity) played by Steve Coogan is a reporter for New York World, writing a series about a woman who became a 'hero' by turning the anguish of seeing her son murdered in to acts of civil service (the woman whom Babbitt has grown to love commits suicide, and out of cherishing her memory he continues to write stories as though she were still alive - an act that Babbitt's editor Donna (Molly Price) finds ridiculous and sends Babbitt of to New Hampshire to cool off and to over the upcoming Space Shuttle Challenger).

Babbitt arrives in a little town in new Hampshire (the town is preparing to celebrate the Shutttle launch as Christa McAuliffe was raised there) to discover that his old friend Sam who was planning to become a priest but opted for teaching had a class of 'problem kids' who adored him. Babbitt discovers Sam's body in the street. The class of odd kids mourn Sam's passing: he was their hero.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What is Up? October 15, 2009
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This is a great movie the plot is very different yet confusing but all the actors are great.It the mess up life of teens but in a realist hippie style.This movie no way a comedy and not a very happy movie.But its just a good watch if you like to think outside the box!
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4.0 out of 5 stars what goes up July 13, 2009
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don't get up from your seat or you'll be confused!after it's over then the whole movie makes sense!way to go Hilary duff great acting!
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Little Film
I liked this film, but it probably isn't for everybody. There are a lot of little sub stories that might confuse some watchers and although it is rated R, I have seen much worse... Read more
Published 4 months ago by dhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Fun
A differnt type of movie for Hilary Duff but her along with the actors had great performaces in this movie. I found it enjoyable, and fun to watch.
Published 18 months ago by Robert Hicks
3.0 out of 5 stars What Goes Up...Must End Eventually
The title of my review might make it seem as though I was somewhat anxious for the end of the movie to arrive. In some ways, that is true. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tracy Wythe
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh what should have been...
Ever watch a movie and feel that there was a good movie in there somewhere and they just missed it? This is one of those... Can't blame Coogan or Duff or Thirlby though... Read more
Published 20 months ago by joebuzz1
1.0 out of 5 stars WhAt GoEs Up TuRnS To TrAsH
Honestly this should have re-edited and made into satire - it really has all the hallmarks. Kooky isn't comedy if you're just baffled, and we were. Read more
Published on May 31, 2010 by KAM
1.0 out of 5 stars What was the purpose to this movie?
Muted and never moving, instead finding no insight while dragging its feet along a variety of forced quirks. Read more
Published on May 20, 2010 by Kody
3.0 out of 5 stars Coogan Good, Pretentious Indie Filmmakers Bad
I think that its really funny that some reviewers for this film are so offended by the people who didn't "get it" and accuse them of wanting to be "spoon fed". Read more
Published on June 22, 2009 by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film...Hilary Duff is the greatest!
What Goes Up is a film that far exceeded my expectations for any new upcoming Hilary Duff films. She beautifully plays a character that seems to be searching for something to fill... Read more
Published on June 20, 2009 by R. Bible, Jr.
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