Friday, November 4, 2016

What Goes Up 2009

     Campbell Babbit is a reporter for the New York World Newspaper.  He’s been writing a series on a woman who lost her son because of a random shooting.  This event happened in 1986 and she turned her grief into civic action.  Unfortunately, her grief overcame her and she committed suicide.  Campbell had fallen in love with her during his interviews.  Instead of letting the public know that she died, he continues to write about her story.  His editor sends him to cover the NASA Challenger flight from New Hampshire, the hometown of teacher-in-space Christa McAuliffe.  Campbell learns his friend, also a teacher, has just committed suicide the day before he arrives.
     Campbell is letting everyone down by still clinging to the story of the woman.  Now he is claiming he was more of a friend to the teacher they lost than he really was.  He’s supposed to be covering reality with his assignment but he’s not living reality, he’s making it up?  2 ½* (This movie is so-so)

104 min, Drama directed by Jonathan Glatzer with Steve Coogan, Hilary Duff, Olivia Thrilby, Josh Peck, Molly Shannon, Molly Price, Max Hoffman, Sarah Lind, Laura Carswell, Ingrid Nilson, Adrea Brooks, Andrew Wheeler, Gabrielle Rose, Coleen Rennison, Aubrey Mozino.

Note:  Imdb 5.7 out 10, 16% critic 31% audience, Amazon 3.5* out of 5* with 15 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Langley and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  There is a mistake in this film.  In a scene near the end of the film, Cambell drives away and you can clearly see the shoulder of someone riding in the passenger seat.

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