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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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Jonathan Glatzer

Writers:

Jonathan Glatzer, Robert C. Lawson (as Robert Lawson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Coogan ... Campbell Babbitt
Hilary Duff ... Lucy Diamond
Olivia Thirlby ... Tess Sullivan
Josh Peck ... Jim Lement
Molly Shannon ... Penelope Little
Molly Price ... Donna Arbetter
Max Hoffman ... Fenster Itski
Sarah Lind ... Peggy Popoladopolous
Laura Carswell ... Lute Lement (as Laura Konechny)
Ingrid Nilson ... Ann
Andrea Brooks ... Sue
Andrew Wheeler ... Principal Person
Gabrielle Rose ... Mrs. Bridigan
Colleen Rennison ... Sylvia
Aubrey Mozino ... Blythe
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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 »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Safety Glass See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,240, 31 May 2009

Gross USA:

$2,050
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Runtime:

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Color:

Color
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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

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

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

The version released in theaters was 10 minutes shorter, had several scenes reordered and had a number of different music cues. This was the version preferred by the filmmakers. Sony Pictures was unable to release this version on DVD citing time constraints. 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
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wonderful acting, but...
20 August 2009 | by tmoefotoSee all my reviews

worked on it, great talent, great script, great crew. i wish that there wasn't as much ego involved with this project! it had so much potential and I have to say that steve coogan, josh peck and molly shannon were out of this world! what a pleasure. some of the local talent were fantastic as well. our two favourite misfits "the girls" you know who you are, were wonderfully quirky and adorable to say the least.

production was a nightmare.

local crew were treated as second class.

what is with the director not thanking the local crew?

not so nice my fine flying friend.


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