I am now scared to fly after seeing Pushing Tin. But it is not a airplane terrorism movie; it is a comedy about air traffic controllers. If the skies above airports are anywhere as hectic as seen in this film, which I believe they are, then that is pretty scary. And especially if John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are fighting all the time, I will never set foot on an airplane again. Well, at least for a couple days.
Is Pushing Tin a good movie? Well, it's not the funniest film around, but it is definitely not the worst. In fact, it is pretty good. It has good performances from all the actors, such as Academy Award winners and nominees Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, and Angelina Jolie, and, of course, John Cusack, who once again seems to be having fun as stressed Nick Falzone. Angelina Jolie really shines as Thornton's sexy wife, and also delivers the best character out of the movie. In terms of comedy, Pushing Tin fluctuates. When it tries to be funny, it is funny, and when it isn't trying to be funny, it isn't funny. This is about as good as a director can hope for, since all the jokes he meant to be funny are intentional. Whether Pushing Tin is humorous in a scene or not, it is still well done. There is no scene in the entire movie that seems boring or out of place, and sometimes a joke just pops in out of no where. Even if a movie out air traffic controllers doesn't excite you, you have to see this movie for one, single reason: To see Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack flying through the air behind a landing jet. If you think you've seen anything as funny as this, you are wrong.
Pushing Tin is a fairly funny film with pretty good results. There are better movies out there, but it is definitely worth a watch.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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