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Pushing Tin
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Starring: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: Nope.
Date Movie: It's alright.
Gratuitous Sex: A decent romp in the sack scene.
Gratuitous Violence: Not really.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Some. Nothing to gut busting though.
Memorable Scene: Nothing sticks out.
Memorable Quote: Nothing sticks out.
Directed By: Mike Newell
Produced By: Art Linson

Pushing Tin
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:04 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
If air traffic controllers really do act like John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton, heaven help those of us who fly, or maybe we're better with them there. I still haven't figured that out yet, but in any case, "Pushing Tin" will either scare you away from flying, or maybe have you feel a little bit safer the next time the captain asks you to return to your seat and buckle-up because there is some turbulence ahead. Anyway, "Pushing Tin" the movie, is alright, but maybe wait for the video are catch a matinee.

In this one we've got the story of two air traffic controllers, Nick (Cusack) and Russell (Thornton). Nick is the would-be master of the traffic control screen, able to manipulate planes into landing patterns out of thin air, and the hero of the folks at the center. But then comes Russell onto the scene, with a reputation that precedes him, and Nick's turf is threatened. Russell remains cool, calm, and collective, not trying to make friends, not looking for praise, just doing his job better than anyone else. Nick can't stand it, and the competition to be the best is on. But let's throw in a twist, let's have Nick sleep with Russell's twenty-something wife, and have Russell tell Nick that he is okay with it, but work his way into Nick's wife's life driving Nick totally bonkers. And Nick's breakdown continues.

Thornton does it again, acting without speaking, conveying a twisted attitude without saying much, and Cusack does great going from the king of the hill to a crumpled shell of his former self. But there isn't much else in the movie, and maybe that is what's needed. The entire movie revolves around the rivalry of Nick and Russell, but for the entire hour and a half we don't really get a break from that, whether it's them seeking control at the computer screen or Russell upstaging Nick at the restaurant by singing to his wife. With that, for me, the hour and a half seemed to last about two hours. I really would have liked a couple of sidetracks to break up the story, but it didn't happen. Oh well.

There were some funny moments, and Cusack's portrayal of a dude who just can't handle that someone might be better than he is at his job is great, but that can only go so far. I give "Pushing Tin" 2 ½ stars out of 5. It's good, not great, and maybe a better rental where you can hit pause and take a piss break to keep you interested.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!!! L8R!!


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