(out of 5)
Ensemble comedy about air traffic controllers in New Jersey and the lives they lead. John Cusack is a high-flying member of the team whose life is not seriously affected by the dangerously stressful career he engages in, one with a high suicide rate and many employees checking in to lifetime-committed therapy. In comes Billy Bob Thornton, who threatens to take over as the man to beat in the control room, and things get a little sweaty for our hero. On the side there’s Cusack’s frustrated wife (a hilarious Cate Blanchett) and Thornton’s oversexed wife (Angelina Jolie) who can’t keep anybody, especially herself, out of trouble. The situations are often funny (especially when Thornton introduces Cusack to the thrill of being blown away by jet exhaust on a runway) but the film is mostly formulaic and reminiscent of television sketch comedy (no surprise since this was written by the creators of Cheers). If you’re willing, though, the cast is good enough to merit your at least giving it a chance.
Directed by Mike Newell
Cinematography by Gale Tattersall
Cast Tags: Amanda Delaney, Andy Dan, Angelina Jolie, Billy Bob Thornton, Brian King, Carolyn Scott, Cate Blanchett, Catherine Lloyd Burns, Cody Jones, Craig Eldridge, Dick Callahan, Dwight McFee, Emile Belcourt, Ferne Downey, Gene Dinovi, Gina Clayton, Jake Weber, James Millington, Jenny Parsons, Jerry Grayson, Jillian Cameron, Jim Codrington, Jimmy Ruderman, Joe Matheson, Joe Pingue, John Cusack, John Lefebvre, John Robinson, Jonathan Whittaker, Julia Paton, Kiersten Warren, Kurt Fuller, Markus Parilo, Martin Roach, Matt Gordon, Matt Ross, Matthew Bennett, Michael Cameron, Michael Hyatt, Michael Willis, Mike O’Malley, Molly Price, Neil Crone, Paul Brogren, Peter Graham, Peter James Howarth,Philip Akin, Ramona Milano, Ray Kahnert, Ray Paisley, Richard Bauer, Rita Tuckett, Robert B. Kennedy, Robert Bidaman, Robert Smith, Robyn Stevan, Sarah Knowlton, Shaun Majumder, Shawn Lawrence, Star Jasper, Tennyson Loeh, Todd Faithfull, Vicki Lewis, William Colgate