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Pushing Tin
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by Erik Childress

"Air Traffic Controllers Don't Get Their Due"
2 stars

Pushing Tin (**) - What a major disappointment. How did a film like this get so sidetracked? What promised to be our first real glimpse inside the world of air-traffic controllers turns out to be nothing more than a simple backdrop for a domestic quadrangle that isnít funny nor interesting.

Itís the biggest tease since finding out that Pamela Andersonís breasts werenít real. Howíd she trick us for so long? Wink. Wink. I knew her milkbags were fake going in. Pushing Tin was supposed to be about air-traffic controllers. Period. Thatís what Iíve been reading about and seeing making of specials for six months. The only times I remember seeing any time dedicated at all to air-traffic controllers, it was in the opening scenes of Summer Rental and Modern Problems. What a shame - because the opening scenes crackle with the excitement of a world weíre not used to being a part of. If any profession begged for its own movie - itís this one. But even during the good opening stuff, something didnít seem right. Later on, as the domestic squabbles and lame rivalry developed, I put my finger on it. Other than showing that being a controller is a highly stressful job, we are taught nothing about what it takes to be a controller. We hear the dialogue and see the plane blips, but itís just kinda there. Weíre eavesdropping, but not really sure whatís going on. Another big mistake. A better movie with a better script would have taught us at least a little bit of whatís going on in the opening scenes. But instead weíre witness to the equivalent of a plummeting bird. Excitement and tension turns into predictability and lameness. Weíre left watching good actors try their hardest to keep this film in the air. Cusack is good as usual. Thornton gives us a nice air of mystery around him although his character doesnít really amount to much - especially when their rivalry consists of burning matches and free throw shots. Cate Blanchett is given nothing to do here except look attractive for the first time on film. And then thereís Angelina Jolie who creates what is potentially the most interesting supporting character in the film, in another great performance, but the film literally abandons her like a cheap hooker. It gets what it wants out of her, leaves her check on the night table, and is never to be seen again.

And itís a shame, because there should have been more scenes with her - along with the scenes of the plane navigations which only pop up now and then after the filmís initial 25 minutes. What a wasted premise.

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User Comments

11/22/08 Shaun Wallner Interesting Movie! 3 stars
2/08/07 Matt Disappointingly lame look at one of the world's worst jobs. Opportunity squandered. 3 stars
12/12/06 shanice not good 2 stars
8/19/06 Michele funny 4 stars
2/24/06 Bad Critic Great performances from everyone, especially Cusack. Very funny and likable. 4 stars
11/14/04 Paul Holding The critic is a little harsh but nonetheless there is some truth to it. Good cast 4 stars
8/01/04 julio laliberte this story has no point 2 stars
10/12/03 laura paterson i found it funny but Jolie annoyed me! 4 stars
7/31/03 francis Misses the mark, not sure why. Credibility a problem. Where did Jolie's lips come from? 3 stars
4/22/03 mr. Pink A low point for everyone in this movie. how could this have happened. Unconvincing, boring! 1 stars
3/26/03 Jack Sommersby Jolie's cleavage is more interesting than the unrealized story. 2 stars
3/13/02 Hyacinth Andrews I didn't notice Angelica Jolie was in this. As all too often, she's wasted. 2 stars
4/02/01 Jesse L Cusack and Jolie both falter badly 2 stars
1/24/01 Sully completely predictable - not a typical Cusack funky style flick. Jolie is so fucking sexy!! 3 stars
11/05/00 Gray A film couldn't be more average. It's so average I'm unsure whether or not there was a plot 3 stars
10/01/00 Fishsticks Not bad although it didn't fit somehow.. 3 stars
6/26/00 stranded on the Island too contrived, although it had its moments. Too sitcom-like. 3 stars
3/23/00 Tom McNulty Missable. 3 stars
1/04/00 Gotham DK This film surprised me. Good rapport between characters. Lame ending, though. 4 stars
12/18/99 SID Long and pointless. The runway scene and Angelina Jolie's breasts save it from being awful. 2 stars
8/03/99 Pierce Lanson Great start, good acting, crappy ending. 3 stars
8/01/99 Meepos Could have been great, but something was missing. 2 stars
6/15/99 David Everything seems right on paper, but why is the film so passionless? 2 stars
5/28/99 pipeman Disappointing finish to an otherwise good film. Walk out 20 min before the end. 3 stars
5/23/99 Ami the Wonderbread Blanchett, Cusak, & Thorton were all fantastic, but too bad no real story 3 stars
5/20/99 Carisa Pretty good. I enjoyed it. Esp. Billy Bob Thorton an John Cusack were great. 4 stars
4/30/99 Lisa I really wanted to love this film, but I didn't! 3 stars
4/27/99 Michelle Interesting concept and characters that just didnt' live up to their potential 3 stars
4/27/99 George C. Boring scenes in the control room-adults playing video games 3 stars
4/26/99 Daddy Rich Cusak and Thornton were great. Jolie is a fucking hottie! 4 stars
4/26/99 Mr Showbiz A gem of an idea that's woefully under-served. 3 stars
4/21/99 schloofy this is smart and well acted. a great workplace comedy 4 stars
4/03/99 E Don't hold your breath for this film to end up as in-flight entertainment. 3 stars
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  23-Apr-1999 (R)


  22-Jul-1999 (M)

Directed by
  Mike Newell

Written by
  Glen Charles
  Les Charles

  John Cusack
  Cate Blanchett
  Angelina Jolie
  Vicki Lewis
  Jake Weber

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