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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Official Sites:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Martin Hynes's father plays the old man wearing the cowboy hat at the car wash in the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

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.
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Connections

References Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Fuel For Fire
Written by M. Ward
Performed by M. Ward and Jim James
Courtesy of Merge Records
Jim James appears courtesy of RCA/ATO Records
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Journey of Life Lessons
6 June 2011 | by estella2See all my reviews

The Go-Getter is a modern-day 'Easy Rider' with a 'Huckleberry Finn' edge. Our protagonist is an unlikely criminal. Mercer (Lou Taylor Pucci) is a shy 19 year old boy from the local Eugene, OR High School. He is a dreamer and a lost soul, with a brother whose shady past seems to have ruined his own reputation more than his. It starts out with Mercer committing grand theft auto. Little does he realize that fate has brought him to this car. Like an Alice and Wonderland picture book, this story comes across some colorful characters along the way: stoner pottery hippies, a narcissistic slut (Jena Malone), a porno director, pet shop owners doing community service in a Sgt. Pepperesque band, gay hillbillies, a black cowboy, a perverted Spanish-speaking hotel night auditor, the criminal brother, and last but not least a philosophical, hopeless romantic, heroine (played by Zooey Deschanel). This story is about finding that long-lost road companion. The soundtrack alone makes this movie worth watching (includes M.Ward, the Black Keys, Animal Collective, The Replacements, Elliott Smith) . And if that doesn't do it for you, you can think of it as a warning not to leave your keys in the car if you step out while someone fills your tank of gas!


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