What Goes Up

2009 R 1h 47m DVD

What Goes Up

2009 R 1h 47m DVD
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When New York newsman Campbell Babbett (Steve Coogan) is sent from the city to the sticks to cover a local hero celebration, he becomes a hero of sorts after he takes interest in a group of discontented, confused high school students. But soon, Campbell gets entangled in a web of lies and misplaced sexual desire. Helmer Jonathan Glatzer's wry feature debut set in the 1980s co-stars Molly Shannon, Hilary Duff, Olivia Thirlby and Josh Peck.
Hilary Duff, Steve Coogan, Molly Shannon, Andrew Wheeler, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby, Max Hoffman, Molly Price, Gabrielle Rose, Alexia Fast
Jonathan Glatzer
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the film delves into mature subject mature, including sexuality, death (suicide, for one), abortion, and teenage and middle-age ennui. Most of the teenage characters, and many of the adults, too, are pushing their boundaries and defining themselves, sometimes in ways that seem destructive. One girl appears to flaunt her sexuality, especially at older males. There's also a fair amount of swearing. By way of foreshadowing, astronaut Christa McAuliffe's death during a failed 1986 takeoff looms over the storyline.

Sexual Content

Teen girls flirt with older men; a high school boy masturbates as he watches a neighbor nurse her child; couples kiss.


A character is revealed to have been sexually abused by an uncle. (Later, she appears to need an abortion.) Some yelling and shoving.


"Damn," s--t" and "f--k" are all fair game.

Social Behavior

So many of us want to be heroes, but heroism doesn't come easy. Also: Two people who may, on the surface, seem like polar opposites can find common ground.


Signage/labels such as the Mister Softee truck and National Geographic are visible.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some teen drinking, drug use.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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