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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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  • 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025B206O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What Goes Up" on IMDb

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dirk Diggler on June 17, 2009
Format: DVD
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ouija VINE VOICE on 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 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2010
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'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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marina on 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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I stumbled across this one by chance (as opposed to pursuing it for Duff: I had no idea who Hillary Duff was prior to watching this). I enjoyed my first screening so much that I purchased What Goes Up (too bad it's not on Blu-ray) and watched it with a friend who is a director; he was bored and fiddling around with his phone in the beginning, but somewhere in the middle of the film he became engrossed, as I had. It's not one particular event that hooks you, just a buildup where you start to care about the fate of the characters, and a smattering of humor to help it along.

Duff did okay in her role as the jailbait character, but really it was the other actors who made the film come together. Although Steve Coogan was excellent, the MVPs of the film might actually have been Sarah Lind (as Peggy Popoladopolous) and Olivia Thirlby (as Tess). One of the most humorous moments I've ever seen in a film occurred with Sarah Lind's character Peggy when she is dropped into a very compromising situation thanks to the half-witted but forgivable character Fenster (played by Max Hoffman aka Woody Focker in Meet the Fockers).

Whatever your level of experience as a film aficionado, you've probably not seen anything quite like this one. (👍≖‿‿≖)👍
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