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Nick Falzone (John Cusack) is the busiest, and the best, air traffic controller on Long Island - until Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton) roars into town like a motorcycle-riding cowboy. Fueled by caffeine and machismo, the two men embark upon an uproarious contest of wit and wills that can ultimately only have one winner.
Blessed by a fantastic cast and slick direction by Mike Newell, Pushing Tin is one of those invigorating movies (like Wall Street or All the President's Men) that takes you behind the scenes of a dramatic profession--in this case, the high-stress world of air-traffic controllers--and throws in a source of conflict to ramp up the tension. For ace "tin-pusher" Nick Falzone (John Cusack), that conflict arrives in the form of Russell Bell (Billy Bob Thornton), an Irish/Choctaw half-breed whose Zen-like control of air traffic immediately puts Nick on the defensive. Add an incident of infidelity and Nick's subsequent self-loathing and guilt, and Pushing Tin turns into a macho pissing match, with Nick's and Russell's spouses (Cate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie, respectively) stuck in the middle.
At that point, this otherwise splendid comedy-drama turns almost fatally silly, and it hits additional turbulence by lapsing into a predictable series of pat resolutions. Fortunately, the jazzy cast avoids a nosedive into the tarmac, and if you recall Blanchett's Oscar-nominated performance in Elizabeth, you'll be amazed by her flawless transformation into a smart and sweetly devoted New Jersey housewife. Dialogue is a major asset here, and the script (by TV veterans Glen and Les Charles) gives Cusack & Co. plenty to chew on. That makes Pushing Tin a breezy good time, and its flaws are easily forgiven. --Jeff Shannon
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as a disclaimer I am a commercial pilot but ANYONE with even the most basic knowledge of aviation will see through this crap.
It was just terrible.
No sense, really.
Just some fool who gets obsessed with another fool, cheats on his wife, gets cheated on...really, seriously there was no plot at all. My wife wanted to stop watching it, but I kept thinking it was going to get better, it HAD to. But I was wrong. It was awful all the way to the end.
I want my money back.
Billybob could’ve changed his name for this one and started a fresh since he was thinner. He needs an Afro as well. Kind of to offset the old Billy Bob name. Also he should watch how he does interviews in the future to stave off rudeness. I once met John Cusack.
Now we’re friends in my mind even though I don’t really like him so much since meeting him… Never meet your superheroes. I call him super hero because he drove a 69 Camaro in one movie. Camaro was boss