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What Goes Up (2009)

R | | Drama | 29 May 2009 (USA)
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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.

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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>

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

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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 »

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The Challenger disaster is shown happening on a Thursday. January 28, 1986 was a Tuesday. See more »

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Campbell Babbitt: Legends aren't born, they're written. And really that's what we all do, one way or another, when someone we love dies. And not just anyone, but someone extraordinary... Why not a hero? When they up and die, we're left with nothing. Nothing but the task to make them immortal. Only a magnificent epitaph will grant eternal life. And it's up to us, the ones left behind, to write it. However we see fit.
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Any Other Day
Written by Hilary Duff, Jonathan Glatzer, and Robert Lawson
Performed by Hilary Duff
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Enthralling Ride
22 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Came onto here expecting more bad reviews, but was delightfully surprised that the IMDb community has taste. Honestly don't know how this got such a low score, it has to be the only Hollywood drama without the usual happy ending and predictable plot line. (Guess the critics were hoping for another Easy A or a Glee movie, though) The few humorous parts were actually well placed, but a poor attempt at catching fans of films such as 'Superbad' or 'American Pie', as the comedy in such films is only a notch above slapstick and dragged out through the whole length of the title. I'm not exactly sure why I liked it so much, it definitely had a true to life feeling, yet had a few surreal situations. I also felt I could understand all the characters, even those whose parts were in honesty just a time filler. They gave it a bit of fun (Peggy and Fenster) but also added a sense of mystery (Jim). I do feel, however, that in the case of Tess that it could have been explained a little better. When it comes down to it; I hate this genre, yet I like this movie. However, I'd even suggest it to those who enjoy this genre, hoping that they might realise the diamond in the rough.


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