MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,715 this week

What Goes Up (2009)

 -  Drama  -  29 May 2009 (USA)
5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 1,529 users   Metascore: 22/100
Reviews: 23 user | 29 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

Set in the mid-80's when a reporter is sent to cover the Challenger Space Shuttle launch only to become mixed up in the lives of some local students.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 30 Jan 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 27 Jul 2011
 
a list of 180 titles
created 03 Nov 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 15 Aug 2012
 
a list of 1186 titles
created 28 Oct 2012
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: What Goes Up (2009)

What Goes Up (2009) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of What Goes Up.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crossing Over (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Crossing Over is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Kramer
Stars: Harrison Ford, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta
Thirteen (2003)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with ... See full summary »

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah
An Education (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Director: Lone Scherfig
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan
Precious II (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Director: Lee Daniels
Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton
The Help (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor
Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children.

Director: Kirk Jones
Stars: Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Director: George Clooney
Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman.

Director: Jake Scott
Stars: James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The Taylor family is devastated by an accident that takes place on the day their matriarch is due to graduate from college -- decades after leaving to raise her children.

Director: Dennis Lee
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky
Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Lute Lement (as Laura Konechny)
Ingrid Nilson ...
Ann
...
Sue
...
...
Colleen Rennison ...
...
Edit

Storyline

What makes a hero? January, 1986. Campbell Babbitt is a reporter for the New York World, writing a series on a woman who turned the grief of losing a son into civic acts. He falls in love with her, and when she commits suicide, he continues to write made-up stories about her. His editor sends him to New Hampshire to cover the Challenger flight from the town of teacher Christa McAuliffe. The launch is postponed for a few days, giving Campbell time to get to know a group of misfit students whose own teacher killed himself the day Campbell arrives in town. He pieces the story together that led to the suicide, finds himself attracted to a student, and has to sort out his own loss. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Different Class of Misfits

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and some drug use, all involving teens | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 May 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Safety Glass  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film has been in production for many years. Originally Mandy Moore was cast as Lucy, Michelle Williams was cast as Tess and Peter Sarsgaard was cast as Campbell. Later, Steve Coogan was cast as Campbell and Amber Tamblyn was cast as Tess, Kelli Garner was cast as Peggy, Paul Dano was cast as Jim, Alison Pill was cast as Ann and the singer Nellie McKay was cast as Sue . In early 2008 all six dropped out and Amanda Seyfried was given the role of the character Peggy. She was then cast as Sophie in the film Mamma Mia! (2008) and dropped out of What Goes Up (2009) and was replaced by Sarah Lind. Hilary Duff and Olivia Thirlby were then cast in the roles of Lucy and Tess respectively. Josh Peck, Ingrid Nilson and Andrea Brooks were then cast in the roles of Jim, Ann and Sue respectively. See more »

Goofs

In the scene near the very end when Steve Coogan's character Campbell is driving away you can clearly see the shoulder of someone riding in the passenger seat of the car. See more »

Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Any Other Day
Written by Hilary Duff, Jonathan Glatzer, and Robert Lawson
Performed by Hilary Duff
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Stunningly Original - Brilliant Movie
8 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is hard to describe without possibly wrecking the viewing experience, but as this is not for everyone, I will try to talk around it, without giving away too much. At its core it is a strikingly realistic mystery, involving the death of a special education teacher. The people in this story are misfits, realistically portrayed, but very unusual people. Taken in total their strangeness makes the entire situation feel unreal, as real things often feel when you know enough of the truth about them.

Do not expect the people and events in this story to make some statement about people or events in general. This is about specific people and specific events. Do not look for comedy or jokes here. Do not expect a great deal of violence or a high body count. Though the sexual activity of some of these people may be disturbing to some viewers, do not come looking to see a lot of naked bodies, this is not a skin flick. In short, this is not designed to appeal to any mass audience, leave your expectations at the door - whatever they are - they are very likely to be disappointed.

The excellent script, by Jonathan Glatzer and Robert Lawson, leads us through the discovery that a mystery exists, why we should care about finding out the truth, who are the people involved, and what is the truth about them and their role in what happened. Marvelous direction by Jonathan Glatzer and an extraordinary cast (including Steve Coogan, Hilary Duff, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby and others) produce an almost flawless film. Makes me really wonder why 9 out of 10 critics gave this film negative reviews. I think that says something about why so many terrible movies keep being made.

If you are wondering why anyone should bother with this movie when it only concerns what happens to a bunch of misfits that you might not relate to - the answer is that this movie is about the nature of truth. How illusory, how dangerous, and how hard to deal with, truth can be. It is about how difficult finding out the truth can be and how careful one must be with what one finds out. Actions have consequences and real truth is seldom purely good, or satisfactory or pleasing, and one must always filter what they reveal to others lest they do more harm than good.

Perhaps that is why so many do not care for this film - it is not going to leave you satisfied or pleased, do not expect to feel like cheering afterwards, but if you want to see something that may give you something to think about this film is well worth your time.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why such a low rating? RachL04
hilary duff in a serious role????? linda1-6
Filmed at my school AJfan93
Hilary Confirmed unique-17
OPENING IN THEATERS MAY 29th! NOT straight to DVD CliffordBridigan
Funniest scenes... lines... whatever. JiminyCrispies
Discuss What Goes Up (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page