Monday, April 12, 2010

what goes up

comes down with a bang...


campbell babbitt (steve coogan) is a journalist in new york, he started writing articles about a woman whose son was killed and how she coped by contributing to the community she lived in. campbell became close to her, falling in love with her and, when she committed suicide, he continued to write stories about her; his way of coping with her loss.

it's 1986 and the challenger space shuttle launch is imminent; campbell's editor send him to the small new hampshire town where the teacher, christa mcauliffe, hails from. when the launch is delayed, campbell diverts his attention to investigating the suicide of a school teacher, a man who he was at college with, and the class of devoted students he left behind...

with a promising cast that includes the likes of coogan, hilary duff, molly shannon and olivia thirlby, along with a smattering of relatively promising youths, you might have expected a little more promotion or, even, a uk release date for this film; it was something i stumbled across by accident. then, you watch it and you realise what a mess it is. a mildly comic drama, mainly about an adult and a group of high school students dealing with the suicides of people they have loved; then there's the suggestion of some quite inappropriate relationships and the fact that the film is called 'what goes up' and it's a film which ends with a famously tragic 'coming down'. misjudged tone and content seems to be the order of the day. and, quite frankly, it's just a big mess. it is quite a shame though, as there is the basis of something quite good, strewn throughout what is presented here, it just never materialises...

not one to recommend...

the dvd is $13.21 from deepdiscount.com

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