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The Go-Getter (2007)

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When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dutch / Joaquin / Nick
Brian McNamara ...
Erv Immeman ...
Alex Nicksay ...
Aaron Mitchel ...
Michael Patterson-Crohn ...
Sita Young ...


In Eugene, Oregon, Mercer, 19, wants to tell his wayward half-brother, 18 years older than he, that their mother has died. He has an address in Shelter Cove, so he steals a car from a car wash and heads south. Nothing is simple: his brother is gone, but he left resentment Mercer has to deal with. He gets an address in Reno and stops in Fallon to hook up with a girl he knew in middle school. Reno's a bust, but she promises sex if Mercer will drive her and two friends to Mohave. His plans go awry. From time to time, the car's owner calls him on a cell phone left in the car. Her arch but friendly voice gives Mercer needed empathy. Will he ever find his brother, and if so, what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Life doesn't come with a roadmap.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American sunshine  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The high school at the beginning of the film is Martin Hynes's former school. During filming, student extras found his picture in old yearbooks. See more »


Mercer: You're funny?
Kate: I used to be.
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References Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »


Not A Gang
Written and Performed by M. Ward
Courtesy of M. Ward
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Great movie! Very surprised!
9 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rarely write reviews unless something really catches my attention, which this film absolutely did. I was hesitant at first to watch it, but I decided to anyway. I almost turned it off in the first few minutes, but I waited just a bit longer and was hooked.

I believe both Lou Taylor Pucci and Zooey Deschanel gave outstanding performances and made this movie entirely believable. They were easy to connect with and hard not to like. Zooey, although you do not see her most of the movie, really adds depth and mystery to the movie. She seems to have that quality about her.

The plot was addicting and perfectly executed. There were many quirky moments, some of them almost stupid, that really livened up the scene when needed. I don't feel I need to get into the plot in detail. All I have left to say is you won't be disappointed.

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