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The Go-Getter (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  22 January 2007 (USA)
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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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Mercer
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M. Ward ...
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Dutch / Joaquin / Nick
Brian McNamara ...
Tape
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Joely
Erv Immeman ...
Patient
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Visitor
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Leone
Alex Nicksay ...
Aaron Mitchel ...
Anal
Michael Patterson-Crohn ...
Shaddup
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Laurel
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Hardy
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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.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug use

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The beach scene at California was filmed in Oregon. See more »

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Joely: How's your mother? She was always a bit weird.
Mercer: She's good. She's on her walkabout.
Joely: What? What's a walkabout?
Mercer: She's in Australia. It's kind of like a bar mitzvah.
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References Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »

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Coast To Coast
Written and Performed by Elliott Smith
Courtesy of Anti Records
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Mercer steals a car to track down his loser half-brother only to forge a bond with the car's owner.
15 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mercer steals a car to track down his loser half-brother only to forge an unrealistic "bond" with the car's owner. Along the way he finds his way through a number of "quirky" encounters that help him appreciate his life and grow.

There are some very neat camera tricks and shots, especially how they "show" the phone conversations between Mercer and the woman from whose car is now in his possession. However, much of the film is shot using a poor hand held technique that can dizzy up the audience, something fierce. I too saw this at AFF and walked out due to motion sickness and a general lack of caring about the characters and story.

I found this movie to be awfully trite and derivative of other indie dramedies. The script is dreadful as characters react to in random and pointless ways. It read more like a parody of "quirky indie dramadies" than it actually is one. People do not act and talk the way the characters do in this film, the script limps along from improbable scenario to another, helped by weak performances and characters who are never fully realized. Zooey Deschanel comes across as creepy in her initial conversations with Mercer.

If this is what makes an indie hit, the movement is clearly losing steam.


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