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What Goes Up -- When a group of teenage social misfits befriend a jaded journalist on assignment in their small New Hampshire town, they all find themselves searching for meaning and truth in their crazy, mixed-up lives.
What Goes Up -- A reporter sent to cover the Space Shuttle Challenger launch becomes caught up in the lives of a group of young students.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Jonathan Glatzer 
Writing credits
Jonathan Glatzer (written by) &
Robert C. Lawson (written by) (as Robert Lawson)

Produced by
Steve Coogan .... executive producer
Dureyshevar .... supervising producer
Deboragh Gabler .... line producer
Jonathan Glatzer .... producer
Breanne Hartley .... co-producer
James Hoke .... executive producer
Robert C. Lawson .... co-producer (as Robert Lawson)
Anthony Miranda .... executive producer
Joseph Nahas .... executive producer
Jack Nasser .... executive producer
Joseph Nasser .... executive producer
R.D. Robb .... producer
Meredith Tucker .... associate producer
Original Music by
Roddy Bottum 
Cinematography by
Antonio Calvache 
Film Editing by
Jennifer Godin 
Fenster Itski 
Casting by
Meredith Tucker 
Production Design by
Tony Devenyi 
Art Direction by
Kerri Elliott  (as Kerri Elliot)
Set Decoration by
Sierra Laflamme  (as Sierra LaFlamme)
Costume Design by
Andrea Desroches 
Makeup Department
Leeann Charette .... makeup assistant
Sylvain Cournoyer .... key makeup artist
Debra Johnson .... key hair stylist
Janie MacKay .... hair assistant (as Janet McKay)
Production Management
Sean Bowers .... post-production supervisor
Tara Cowell-Plain .... production manager
Shona Miko .... additional post supervisor (as Shona Miko Musgrave)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Heimbecker .... second assistant director
Cindy L. Irwin .... third assistant director
Maria Kozak .... trainee assistant director
Robert C. Lawson .... second unit director (as Robert Lawson)
Matthias Mellinghaus .... first assistant director
Art Department
August Bomer-Lawson .... artist
August Bomer-Lawson .... design
Geoff Coulter .... set dresser
Sandrina Crow .... lead dresser (as Sandrina Crowe)
Doug Currie .... lead painter (as Douglas Currie)
Mat Davis .... set dresser
Matt Eaton .... construction coordinator (as Matthew Eaton)
Meesoo Lee .... set dresser
Curt Maze .... assistant props
Lisa Mitchell .... assistant set decorator
Michael Rosser .... props master
Jerry Staar .... assistant props
James Summers .... head greensman
Sound Department
Ken Biehl .... backgrounds editor
Ian Emberton .... sound effects editor
Ian Emberton .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason Gaya .... adr mixer
Corey J. Grasso .... adr mixer
Ben Greaves .... additional sound mixer
Don Harrison .... foley artist
Ian Daniel Jones .... boom operator (as Ian Jones)
Miguel Nunes .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin Rogers .... adr mixer
Rick Senechal .... foley engineer
Trent Stewart .... sound mixer
John R.S. Taylor .... dialogue editor (as John Taylor)
John R.S. Taylor .... sound supervisor (as John Taylor)
Special Effects by
Allen Benjamin .... special effects coordinator (as Al Benjamin)
Chris Labre .... special effects assistant
Rob Thorpe .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Teresa Beckley .... visual effects coordinator: Northwest Imaging and FX
Emil Chang .... visual effects artist: Insight HD Post
Paul Cox .... visual effects supervisor: Northwest Imaging and FX (as Paul R. Cox)
Kevin Fairfax Harwood .... account executive: Northwest Imaging and FX (as Kevin Harwood)
Douglas Kerr .... visual effects artist: Insight HD Post
Angus Laing .... visual effects artist: Insight HD Post
Pete Mastalyr .... lead compositor: Northwest Imaging and FX (as Peter Mastalyr)
James McLeod .... visual effects artist: Insight HD Post (as James Mcleod)
Richard Mintak .... visual effects supervisor: Insight HD Post
Jon Shaw .... visual effects artist: Insight HD Post
Alex Tkach .... executive producer: Northwest Imaging and FX
George Tsirogiannis .... visual effects artist: Insight HD Post
Helen Tzoutis .... visual effects artist: Insight HD Post
Helen Tzoutis .... visual effects coordinator: Insight HD Post
Camera and Electrical Department
Brittany D. Allan .... grip
Vanessa Andrascik .... second assistant camera
J.B. Bivens .... dolly grip (as John Bivens)
Casey Bramall .... camera trainee
Geoff Brown .... best boy grip
John Drake .... director of photography: second unit
Jacob Egglestone .... lamp operator
Trevor Fast .... lamp operator
Bob Findlay .... cameraman: second unit
Don Gillie .... generator operator
Todd Kristianson .... lamp operator
Cary Lalonde .... first assistant camera (as Cary LaLonde)
Kevin McKee .... grip
Darren McLean .... gaffer
Paul Michaud .... still photographer
Joern Christian Novotny .... electrician (as Jörn Schultke)
Michael Rich .... grip
Brian Smith .... key grip
Rory Soderman .... best boy electric
Jerry Staar .... camera trainee
Ed Willems .... leadman grip
Marcel Williams .... stills photographer
Katie Yu .... still photographer
Casting Department
Susan Taylor Brouse .... casting: Canada (as Susan Brouse)
Sara Brown .... extras casting assistant
Lynne Carrow .... casting: Canada
Kit Hayward .... extras casting
Graham Wickstrom .... casting assistant: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Derek J. Baskerville .... assistant costume designer (as Derek Baskerville)
Kathi Moore .... assistant costume designer
Heather Osborne .... truck costumer
Jennifer K. Sharpe .... on-set costume supervisor (as Jennifer Sharpe)
Kai Siperko .... truck costumer
Editorial Department
Jeff Cummings .... post-production consultant
Mike Daley .... assistant editor: EPK
Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer .... additional editor (as Brandon Driscoll Luttringer)
Hillary Gallant .... post-production coordinator (as Hilary Le Gallant)
Todd Giroux .... managing director of editorial: Insight HD Post
Knar Kitabjian .... assistant editor
Jason Koroluk .... on-line editor
Jesse Lyon .... assistant on-line editor
Lorne Miess .... colorist
Larry Milburn .... assistant editor
Michael R. Miller .... additional editor (as Michael Miller)
Ismael Ribeiro .... director of engineering
Sharon Rutter .... consulting editor
Suzanne Spangler .... additional editor
Alana Taylor .... post-production second assistant
Music Department
Roddy Bottum .... score mixer
Roddy Bottum .... score performer
Roddy Bottum .... score recordist
Natasha Duprey .... music clearances
Jonathan Glatzer .... composer: additional music
Jonathan Glatzer .... singer: Stars & Stripes Singers
Nathan Khyber .... composer: additional music
Robert C. Lawson .... composer: additional music (as Robert Lawson)
Robert C. Lawson .... singer: Stars & Stripes Singers (as Robert Lawson)
Cait Mckay .... singer: Stars & Stripes Singers
Anthony Miranda .... composer: additional music
Ingrid Nilson .... singer: Stars & Stripes Singers
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Joe Rudge .... music supervisor
Peter Strand .... singer: Stars & Stripes Singers
Tyler Strickland .... singer: Stars & Stripes Singers
Brad Thomas .... singer: Stars & Stripes Singers
Transportation Department
Curtis Ahenakew .... driver
Vittorio De Desrancesco .... transport co-captain (as Vittorio De Francesco)
John Dreyer .... driver
Floyd Faircrest .... transport captain
Gerry Forster .... driver (as Jerry Forster)
Mike Frisky .... driver
Keith Giesbrecht .... driver (as Keith Geisbrecht)
Brent Simpson .... driver
Chris Wild .... transport coordinator
Other crew
Alan Abrams .... finance legal
Sally Bomer .... choreographer
Birgite Busch .... assistant: Mr Coogan
Mackenzie Busch .... production assistant: LA
Rose Collins .... assistant: Ms. Gabler
Dave Daniels .... key location production assistant (as David Daniels)
Susan De West .... stand-in: Lucy (as Susan McLellan)
Natalie Fokes .... production accountant
Dion York Foley .... assistant: Mr. Nasser (as Dion Foley)
Lenna Ghosheh .... assistant: Mr. Robb
Susan Glatzer .... production consultant
Jeff Goldman .... international distribution
Stacey Harris .... first assistant production coordinator
Breanne Hartley .... business & legal affairs
Mike Helms .... assistant location manager
Ed Iverson .... production assistant
Bruce C. Jones .... security coordinator (as Bruce Jones)
Brynn Kinnee .... background coordinator
Heidi Kunert .... deliveries coordinator
Renate Kviet .... production accountant
Alexandra La Roche .... script supervisor
Nat McCormick .... world sales executive
Andrew McKay .... chef: Critics Choice Catering
David M. McLoughlin .... second assistant coordinator (as David McLoughlin)
Kirk McMeekan .... stand-in: Campbell (as Kirk McKeekan)
Amy Miller .... craft service
Amy Miller .... first aid
Holly Pinder .... location production assistant
Todd Pitts .... assistant chef: Critics Choice Catering
Brieann Rich .... craft service
Nicholas Rich .... on-set medic
Anna Stockton .... assistant: Mr Coogan
Tom Teotico .... assistant location manager
Tom Teotico .... location scout
Danny Webber .... legal services: Hall Webber LLP
D. Aubrey White .... production assistant
Robyn Wiener .... production coordinator
John Wittmayer .... location manager
Thomas L. Carter .... special thanks
Tom Carter .... special thanks
Alan Cox .... special thanks
Kirk D'Amico .... special thanks
Paul Dano .... special thanks
Channing Dungey .... special thanks
Margot Hand .... special thanks
Brendan Hines .... special thanks
Sam Huntington .... special thanks
Nellie McKay .... special thanks
Joel Michaely .... special thanks
Mandy Moore .... special thanks
Amanda Peet .... special thanks
Tobias Perse .... special thanks
George Polychronopoulos .... special thanks
Michael Rotenberg .... special thanks
Matthew Keene Smith .... special thanks
Amber Tamblyn .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some drug use, all involving teens
USA:104 min (cut version) | USA:115 min (dvd)

Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: The Challenger disaster is shown happening on a Thursday. January 28, 1986 was a Tuesday.See more »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)See more »
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29 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Positive Reviews, 28 May 2009
Author: RD Robb from United States

There were a lot of very negative reviews of this film. Here are some of the positive ones you may have missed:

"A 2009 Sleeper. A complete original and definitely not your typical teen comedy. It's a darkly funny, wonderfully twisted story that marches to its own surprising beat. The entire cast is superb!"

- Pete Hammond,

"A wonderful little film!"

- Jeffery Lyons, NBC

"A nifty little tragicomedy. Director and co-writer Jonathan Glatzer handles his talented cast well, and the movie is dark, droll and sentimental in roughly the correct proportions."

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

"Glatzer and (co-writer) Lawson show a deep understanding of how common ideals can hold even a community of outsiders together. And it has a one-of-a-kind character in Coogan, a cynic with a savior complex, who lies partly out of convenience, and partly because he knows – as Glatzer and Lawson know – that even a messy story can still inspire."

- Noel Murray, The AV Club / The Onion

"The wit is sharp and the performances are amazing. Hilary Duff will definitely get more and more 'real' acting roles thanks to this. And Molly Shannon has rarely been more manic and hilarious… If you like your comedies pitch black… you will enjoy this dark little jewel."

- Alex Dorn,

It's wonderful because it's so true to life. It's exactly what WHAT GOES UP strives to be – a funny movie about death, a sad movie about life… It works. Olivia Thirlby exceeds all expectations lending her performance a gutsy rawness…"

- Kate Erbland, Gordon and the Whale

"The performances were incredible. I was blown away by them."

- Ted Ott, Real Talk LA

"The film is touching, truthful, and, more importantly, an absolute blast to watch, thanks in part to smart performances from Coogan, Molly Shannon, and Hilary Duff in a role that might rub some of her loyal fans the wrong way. What Goes Up is about the lies we tell and the truths we keep hidden deep inside, a theme I'm sure most of us can relate to on one level or another. Thoroughly impressive stuff." – The Film Fiend

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