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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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Martin Hynes

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Martin Hynes

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Mercer
Zooey Deschanel ... Kate
M. Ward ... J
Judy Greer ... >Toast
Nick Offerman ... Dutch / Joaquin / Nick
Brian McNamara Brian McNamara ... Tape
Jena Malone ... Joely
Erv Immeman Erv Immeman ... Patient
Ann Ryerson ... Visitor
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Leone
Alex Nicksay Alex Nicksay ... Reagan
Aaron Mitchel Aaron Mitchel ... Anal
Michael Patterson-Crohn Michael Patterson-Crohn ... Shaddup
Marissa Ingrasci ... Laurel
Sita Young Sita Young ... Hardy
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Life doesn't come with a roadmap.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American sunshine See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,931, 8 June 2008

Gross USA:

$11,931

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,931
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Joely: You are so fucking selfish!
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Connections

References Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Vincent O'Brien
Written by M. Ward
Performed by M. Ward and Mike Coykendall
Courtesy of Merge Records
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Enjoyable road movie
26 December 2009 | by SiamoisSee all my reviews

This is a fairly enjoyable road movie that mixes elements of romance, comedy and coming- of-age genres. We follow young Mercer's quest to find his half-brother after their mother's death. He steals a car travels many miles and meets many odd characters along the way.

Writer/director Martin Hynes probably tries too hard to concoct an odd story and as a result, the entire film feels a little too self-conscious at times. You can feel the writer's effort to make the various people odd, as opposed to organic and real.

Lou Taylor Pucci gives a solid performance as the protagonist, Mercer. Jena Malone is great as usual, although her part doesn't add much to the story except as a plot element. I'm a big fan of Zooey Deschanel and here she shines again as Kate, the stolen car's owner who connects by phone with Mercer and has conversations with him. This not only provides the most interesting story elements but also serves as an interesting device for the audience to know what Mercer (rather the quiet type) is thinking and feeling throughout his road trip.

Many other character appears, many of which are played by actors you will recognize and have enjoyed at one time or another. The one who stood out to me was Bill Duke, better known for his many roles in 80s action flicks.

The cinematography is adequate, although a little distracting at times. Any road movie benefits immensely from a good score/soundtrack and this is definitely the case here. The music that is featured in The Go-Getter enhances the movie experience greatly and, along with the solid acting, is probably what prevents us from completely losing interest.

Although I think Martin Hynes shows real talent, I think this is yet another case of an indie- movie that could have benefited from more people being involved in the formative stage. A second writer might have tightened things up considerably and led to a classic.

As it is, the movie is enjoyable but we are left on our appetite considering the amazing cast and music featured here.


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