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  • Summary: It is 1986. An emotionally damaged New York reporter is sent to cover the hometown hoopla for a local hero. But rather than pursue his assignment, which leaves him cold, he follows a group of disaffected students, whose own hero - their beloved, unconventional teacher has just died under a cloud of scandal. Their passionate and, at times, ludicrous expressions of grief attract the reporter. He moves into their alternate universe, a willing "substitute teacher", but descends into a web of lies and misplaced sexual desire with this group of confused and combustible youths who attempt to cast him as their new hero and teacher. (Sony Pictures) Expand
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  1. 60
    Director and co-writer Jonathan Glatzer handles his talented cast well, and the movie is dark, droll and sentimental in roughly the correct proportions. Worth a look.
  2. 58
    What Goes Up 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.
  3. Even when Mr. Coogan can't make his scenes work, his prickly presence keeps you watching, as does the eerie scenes of winter that Mr. Glatzer captures with the camera.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    A pointless and pretentious drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    A turgid mess of a film that has a lot of ideas on its mind, none of which prove very interesting or in fact coherent.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Glatzer aims to wring laughter out of this desperation but succeeds only in producing a series of contrived characters and situations that make "The Breakfast Club" look like an unfiltered documentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    This is rock bottom: I've seen a lot of terrible movies in the line of duty, but What Goes Up might be the only genuinely unreleasable one.

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  1. brandyh
    Jul 13, 2009
    Ok, it was weird and not the best movie, but I enjoyed it. I think Hilary Duff did very well, at least out of them all. But still, it was a movie i"d watch again. Expand
  2. ashleyj
    Jul 13, 2009
    I liked this movie. it was messy and had too many things going on to the point where i was confused but, hey, it rocked!
  3. bentlyh
    Jul 13, 2009
    Creative and a very good movie. i enjoyed it.
  4. JayH
    Jun 14, 2009
    Director Glatzer has too many things going on, the film lacks focus, but he does have an interesting style, and time will tell if he develops it effectively. The cast tries, Steve Coogan is quite bland though. Too many slow and uninteresting stretches. Expand