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The Go-Getter -- 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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Life doesn't come with a roadmap.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Lou Taylor Pucci ... Mercer

Zooey Deschanel ... Kate
M. Ward ... J

Judy Greer ... Better Than Toast

Nick Offerman ... Nick the Potter / Dutch theTrumpeter / Joaquin the Motel Clerk
Brian McNamara ... Book On Tape

Jena Malone ... Joely
Erv Immeman ... Hospice Patient

Ann Ryerson ... Hospice Visitor

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Sergio Leone
Alex Nicksay ... Masks? / Ronald Reagan
Aaron Mitchel ... Anal?
Michael Patterson-Crohn ... Shut Up!

Marissa Ingrasci ... Laurel

Sita Young ... Hardy

William Lee Scott ... Rid

Colin Fickes ... Cousin Buddy

Bill Duke ... Liquor Supply

Maura Tierney ... Hal's Pets
Jon 'Corn Mo' Cunningham ... Corn Mo (as Corn Mo)

Jsu Garcia ... Arlen
Saul Huezo ... Ensenada Hotel Valet
John Anthony Delgado ... Ensenada Helpful Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Giuseppe Andrews ... Stock Boy (uncredited)

Kathleen M. Darcy ... J's Mom (uncredited)
Patrick O'Driscoll ... Car Wash Attendant (uncredited)

Paul Palo ... Old Man (uncredited)
Eliska Sursova ... Candy Striper (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Hynes 
Writing credits
Martin Hynes (written by)

Produced by
Raul Celaya .... co-producer
Lori Christopher .... producer
Kelsey Daniels .... associate producer (as Kelsey Landry)
Lucy Barzun Donnelly .... producer (as Lucy Barzun)
Larry Furlong .... producer
Martin Hynes .... executive producer
Cassidy Lunnen .... line producer
Kimberly McKewon .... executive producer
Gavin Parfit .... executive producer
Don Truesdale .... executive producer
Miri Yoon .... co-producer
Original Music by
M. Ward 
Cinematography by
Byron Shah 
Film Editing by
David Birdsell 
Casting by
Emily Schweber 
Production Design by
Damon Fortier 
Art Direction by
Rob Howeth 
Charles Nance 
Costume Design by
Marie Schley 
Makeup Department
Michelle Bankson .... key hair stylist
Michelle Bankson .... makeup department head
Sarah Kowalick .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Douglas Salkin .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raul Aguilar .... first assistant director
Damon Fortier .... second unit director
Jeff Frey .... assistant director
Johnny Haddad .... second assistant director
Bobby Minkoff .... second assistant director
Art Department
Isabella Fortier .... set dresser
Mike Horn .... foreman
Ian Johnson .... set dresser
Dru Leggiero .... property master
Erik Schindler .... set dresser
Sound Department
Stuart Calderon .... sound effects editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Karyn Foster .... dialog & adr editor
Mitch Gettleman .... supervising sound editor
Eric Gotthelf .... adr mixer
Todd Grace .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Grice .... boom operator
Charles Hamilton .... sound recordist
Andy Kopetzky .... foley supervisor
Mickey McMullen .... production sound mixer
Rudy Pi .... sound re-recording mixer
Jody Thomas .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
David Van Woert .... digital optical supervisor
David Van Woert .... titles supervisor
Leo Vezzali .... visual effects supervisor
John L. Weckworth .... lead compositor
John L. Weckworth .... main title designer & animator
Jeremy Fitzgerald .... stunt coordinator
Art Hickman .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicola Benizzi .... first assistant camera
Richard W. Botchlet .... assistant chief lighting technician
Gary Deane .... still photographer
Eric Forand .... chief lighting technician
Stephen Furry .... electrician
John-Anthony Gargiulo .... best boy grip
Jason Jury .... electrician
Nick Lantz .... assistant camera
David Levich .... key grip
Scott Logan .... camera loader
R. Dustin Sanchez .... grip
Travis Stewart .... electrician
Casting Department
Jennifer Levy .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brooke Killheffer .... wardrobe supervisor
Tracey Rogers .... costumer
Nicki Stewart .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Brian Addie .... editorial assistance
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Music Department
Mark Bensi .... music editor
Bryan Christner .... music consultant
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Mitchell Bergman .... transportation coordinator
Charles Gatson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jackie Austin .... production coordinator: Oregon
Stephanie Baltierra .... production secretary
Luis Bonachea .... production assistant
Dannyelle Bryant .... executive assistant
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (as Alison S. Cohen)
Randi M. Cohen .... pre-production secretary
Heather Coker .... choreographer
Brandon Delancey .... production assistant
Trent Dempsey .... production coordinator
Oliver Garrett .... production assistant
Judy Geletko .... post-production accountant
Lori Goldbach .... first assistant accountant
Karl Herrmann .... production assistant
Vanessa Karubian .... executive
Mira Lew .... consultant
Kari Montgomery .... script supervisor
Ann Penny .... set medic
Aline Robey .... pre-production coordinator
Jordan Romano .... production assistant
Robert Warberg .... location manager
Tim Waterman .... production assistant
Kevin Wenig .... key production accountant
Wade Whitman .... location manager
Allison Flashman .... stand-in (uncredited)
Joshwaa Allen .... thanks
Matt Amar .... thanks
Giuseppe Andrews .... thanks
Michael Baines .... thanks
Jeff Balis .... special thanks
Jennifer Barrons .... special thanks
Diane Barry .... thanks
Jordan Bayer .... impossible without
Doug Bergeron .... special thanks
Jindo Bergman .... special thanks
Jeff Blitz .... special thanks
Paul Bookstaber .... special thanks
Mary Briggs .... thanks
Barbara Campbell .... thanks
John Carpenter .... thanks
Juan Luis Carrera .... special thanks
Jim Carter .... thanks
Art Christopher .... special thanks
Don Christopher .... special thanks
Karen Christopher .... special thanks
Noreen Christopher .... special thanks
Lauren Cooper .... thanks
Kathleen M. Darcy .... thanks
Denise De Graff .... special thanks (as Denise DeGraff)
T.J. Demas .... special thanks
Nashville Dempsey .... special thanks
Robert Donnelly .... impossible without
Brian Etting .... special thanks
Jamie Feldman .... special thanks
Merideth Finn .... special thanks
Kathryn Finnerty .... impossible without
Evelyn Fitzgerald .... special thanks
Peter Friedlander .... special thanks
Christine Frønsdal-Hopp .... special thanks
Julian Furlong .... special thanks
Kristen Furlong .... impossible without
Julie Garces .... special thanks
Dan Gillett .... thanks
Andy Gordon .... special thanks
Michael Hachtmann .... thanks
Eric James Hadley .... thanks
Kristin Hambel .... special thanks
Jocelyn Hayes .... special thanks
Justin Head .... special thanks
Stewart Hendler .... special thanks
Lynn Henry .... thanks
Doug Herron .... thanks
Jeani Holder .... thanks
Heather Hope .... thanks
John Hopp .... special thanks
Joy Hurwitz .... special thanks
Mollie Jones .... special thanks
Steve Jones .... special thanks
Ashley Keefer .... thanks
Michael Kwan .... special thanks
Laura Laurent .... thanks
Sully Lunnen-Katz .... special thanks
Josh Mazet .... thanks
Ray McKewon .... special thanks
Steve McLaughlin .... special thanks
Lucy Montgomery .... special thanks
Joyce Moore .... special thanks
Pam Morrow .... special thanks
Nick Morton .... thanks
Marissa Neitling .... thanks
Alexander Nicksay .... thanks (as Alex Nicksay)
Patrick O'Driscoll .... thanks
Nick Offerman .... special thanks
Gerry Parham .... special thanks
Greg Payce .... thanks
Raquel Pedersen .... special thanks
Rocki Pedersen .... impossible without
Felipe Perez-Burchard .... thanks
Erika Reynolds .... thanks
Tom Rohr .... impossible without
Harriet Rubin .... special thanks
Far Shariat .... special thanks
Tami Shiener .... special thanks
Abigail Simmons .... special thanks
Daniel Slavin .... special thanks
Toni Suttie .... thanks
Dylan Tichenor .... special thanks
James Tingy .... thanks
Courtney Tole .... thanks
Tory Tunnell .... special thanks
Diane Upson .... thanks
Christine Vachon .... special thanks
Nika Vakilova-Celaya .... special thanks (as Nika Celaya)
Richard Valpey .... thanks
Katherine Washington .... thanks
Kim Waugh .... thanks
Roz Weisberg .... special thanks
Erika Wunch .... special thanks
David Young .... special thanks

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug use
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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USA:R (certificate #42748)
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The beach scene at California was filmed in Oregon.See more »
Mercer:[First lines] I always had a problem with Huckleberry Finn. I mean, I liked the story, I read it, but the river... it made me feel stuck.See more »
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36 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Road movie meets first love, a sweet delight, 24 January 2007
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended the world premiere of "The Go-Getter" at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. I'm not quite sure why, but this year's lineup seems to be heavy on heavy. I like a dark, moody melodrama as much as anybody, but whatever happened to the good old-fashioned road movie? I found the answer with "The Go-Getter." This film is all that and more. One part sweet love story, one part romantic comedy, and one part coming-of-age tale, "The Go-Getter" takes it all on the road and drives home a winning combination that will leave you smiling.

Lou Taylor Pucci (Mercer) is a good kid, but one day he decides to chuck his bike and steal a car. I don't like to post spoilers, so I won't divulge more details other than to say that the trip on which he embarks will take him on a journey that would make "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" blush.

Like any good road movie, he encounters one motley crew after another, a cast of characters all of whom get him just one step closer to the goal he seeks. But like a treasure hunt whose map takes him to places enticing enough to have him abandon his quest, he needs to keep his wandering eye on the prize. And oh, the temptresses who cause that eye to wander.

Jena Malone is Joely, a sultry vixen (quite the change for Ms. Malone) who is determined to pop Mercer's cherry. What a breath of fresh air to see this versatile young actress take on such an empowering role. Women's Lib ain't over yet. Zooey Deschanel is Kate. It's her car he stole. And she is determined to get it back -- or is she? The "indie darling" gets her chance to shine here, and the tension that builds towards a possible reunion of car and owner holds this story together like a rope ties down a trunk when the lock is broken. We're never quite sure if it'll hold.

And Lou Taylor Pucci has never been better in his role as the determined yet naive youth whose trusting nature and sense of wonder left me wanting to roll back the years to a time when everything was fresh and new. Pucci's sense of comedic timing and natural delivery is second to none, and while some of his dialog was indeed improvised, I was shocked to learn that the scenes which felt the most unscripted were, in fact, from the pen of writer/director Martin Hynes.

In the Q&A after the screening here, I was fascinated to hear that a deliberate attempt was made to cast against type. As each of the three leads has a rabid following, Hynes' script was meant to give each actor's fan base something they had never seen before: Malone as Woman, Deschanel as glamour girl, and Pucci as, well, he got his hair cut, anyway. Hope and Crosby must be smiling at this winning team.

M. Ward wrote the score, with original songs that left me wanting more. Licensing source material is pricey for an indie, but who needs hit singles when you have someone as talented as this brilliant composer? What a coup to bring him into this project. Byron Shah shot two films here at Sundance, "An American Crime" (which I saw as well) and "The Go-Getter." That alone says a lot about his eye for capturing this kind of character-driven story so well. Between Shah's photography, David Birdsell's editing, and Hynes' talent for allowing his actors to tell the story, "The Go-Getter" never wanders into pretentious indie territory. It stays accessible, which is why audiences will embrace this film wholeheartedly.

"The Go-Getter" gets it right. It's warm and funny and sweet, and at this festival of doom and gloom, what a joy it was to travel down this road.

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