Here’s the trailer for What Goes Up, a little indie film that has had absolutely no buzz, nor has it done the festival rounds, which doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, but for the fact that it stars Olivia Thirlby (lady crush #2, behind Yvonne Strahovski) and Josh Peck (who were also together in the splendiferious Wackness), as well as Steve Coogan, who was great in an otherwise lackluster Hamlet 2. Oh, yeah: And Hilary Duff is in it, too. Let’s try not to hold that against the movie, which comes from debut writer/director Jonathan Glatzer, who basically has an episode of “Pop-Up Video” on his resume, and that’s it. (Studio supplied plot description, after the trailer)
What Goes Up is a film about a morally challenged New York reporter, Campbell Babbitt (Steve Coogan), who learns life lessons from a group of dysfunctional students (Hilary Duff, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby) while covering the hometown hoopla surrounding the first teacher in space. Set in the 1980s, this is a poignant look at how heroes are made in a world devoid of heroes.
Upon arriving in the small New Hampshire town, Babbitt decides to call an old college friend, only to discover an apparent suicide. Babbitt gravitates toward his friend’s high-school students in hopes of finding an unsung hero story about a teacher who made a permanent impact on the social misfits of the school. Instead, he discovers the least likely teachers — a group of dysfunctional students - outcasts led by a narcissistic seductress (Hilary Duff), a repressed voyeur (Josh Peck), and a scheming pregnant teen (Olivia Thirlby). In a gradual reversal of roles, Babbitt soon finds himself learning from this unusual group of kids.