Pushing Tin (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Germany/USA, 1999, , , , , .  Screenplay by , , based on the article Something’s Got To Give by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Ensemble comedy about air traffic controllers in New Jersey and the lives they lead.   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.

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