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What Goes Up squanders the charisma of Steve Coogan with a lazy screenplay, contrived plotting, and overall poor production.
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About as cruddy as a cruddy little indie can get, especially given a cast that should've known better.
The whole thing feels like a premeditated attempt at a Sundance sensation, a mix of cast members (and ideas) from Juno and Hamlet 2 spiced up with the now obligatory '80s references.
Director and co-writer Jonathan Glatzer handles his talented cast well, and the movie is dark, droll and sentimental in roughly the correct proportions.
I never know quite what they were saying about heroism and then there are all these unanswered questions.
The film really struggles to find its voice and to find purpose and meaning.
[Director] 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.
High school drama tale is too edgy for young teens.
O humor melancólico estabelecido pelo estreante Glatzer funciona na maior parte do tempo, sendo beneficiado ainda pela impecável performance de Coogan.
An epic dramedy of teenage angst that is too much drama and not enough comedy for Steve Coogan's good.
The film opens chaotically, perhaps randomly, and it never finds its proper footing. Most movies take their sweet time to reveal incompetence. What Goes Up boldly advertises it within the first 60 seconds.
What Goes Up is an earnest morality tale. It's very uneven, but it also seems sincere.
Has a charismatic performance by Steve Coogan, but that's not nearly enough to save it from drowning from its bland, awkward and lazy screenplay that fails to generate any real laughs or palpable dramatic tension.
Tries pretty hard to be weird, but a lot of the characters seemed pretty pointless and their actions unmerrited.
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