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The Go-Getter (2008)



Critic Consensus: A hipster take on the well-traveled road movie, The Go-Getter features nice performances, but ultimately fails to carve its own path.

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For the follow-up to his feature debut, 1999's The Big Split, filmmaker Martin Hynes took on this bittersweet road movie about a teenager responding to the untimely death of his mother. Overcome with grief that he's unequipped to deal with, Mercer (Lou Taylor Pucci) decides to steal a car and hit the open road. Along the way, he discovers himself with the help of a seductress (Jena Malone) and the owner of the car (Zooey Deschanel). The Go-Getter had its premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

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Judy Greer
as Better Than Toast
Nick Offerman
as Nick the Potter/Dutch the Trumpeter/Joaquin
Brian McNamara
as Book on Tape
Erv Immerman
as Hospice Patient
Ann Ryerson
as Hospice Visitor
Julio Oscar Mechoso
as Sergio Leone
Alex Nicksay
as Masks/Ronald Reagan
Colin Fickes
as Cousin Buddy
Bill Duke
as Liquor Supply
Maura Tierney
as Hal's Pets
Corn Mo'
as Himself
Saul Huezo
as Ensenada Hotel Valet
John Anthony Delgado
as Ensenada Helpful Guy
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Critic Reviews for The Go-Getter

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12)

The transition from the slopes of Sundance to the hard streets of everywhere else is the artistic equivalent of the bends.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The first road movie that could fit into the mumblecore genre of dithering youth angst: The Go-Getter travels, but it doesn't go anywhere.

June 13, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Director-writer Martin Hynes shapes his first movie into something emotionally truthful, painfully funny and vibrantly alive.

June 11, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4

Strives for hipness but ultimately just feels contrived and derivative.

June 10, 2008

There are moments of beauty here, but not enough to make up for the mannered dialogue and hamstrung performances.

June 6, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Much of the dialogue is so quirky it sounds overheard instead of scripted. The performances are correspondingly spontaneous.

June 6, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Go-Getter

Manifesting the spirit of indie music (almost exclusively M. Ward, who appears on screen early on and also began his "She and Him" music collaboration with Zooey Deschanel after they met during filming), this movie wants to be sloppy and include an individual's smaller moments and dialogue because it's more real and intimate than exclusively polished, succinct scenes that methodically push a plot forward. The writer/director didn't really know his characters though, and so this movie felt so forced and fake that the individuals were unbelievable and unrecognizable as humans. 60 minutes in, I started wondering if this was just a vehicle for M. Ward songs.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

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Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone, Maura Tierney, William Lee Scott, Bill Duke, Giuseppe Andrews, Kathleen M. Darcy, John Anthony Delgado, Judy Greer, Jsu Garcia, Nick Offerman, M. Ward Director: Martin Hynes Summary: After the death of his mother, 19-year-old Mercer (Lou Taylor Pucci) steals a car and sets out to find his long-lost half brother. As he steers out of town, the car's owner, Kate (Zooey Deschanel), calls the cell phone left inside, but she's oddly empathetic to Mercer's plight. They develop an unusual bond over the course of Mercer's journey, which includes memorable encounters with characters played by Jena Malone, Judy Greer and Maura Tierney. My Thoughts: "I love most Indie films. Some are hits and some just miss it. This movie unfortunately for me was a miss. I love Zooey and Jena's acting and thought this was going to be really good. It was very slow pace moving. It only got a bit interesting when Zooey's character shows up. Besides then, it was quite boring.. It was a short movie but yet it felt like it was never going to end. I found myself looking at the clock to make sure hours hadn't passed by. But the highlights are that it was well acted. It was my first time seeing Lou Taylor Pucci in a film and I liked his acting very much. Its not something I would watch again but just for the acting I would reccomend people see it.


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Against it's own self sabotage, I enjoyed "The Go-Getter." The film never really goes anywhere in terms of plot (which is odd since it's a road movie) but it's the quieter moments that make it bearable. Nice performances from Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone and a plethora of small side characters, this is a light, sometimes emotional, sometimes dumb coming of age film. It may be extremely 'indie' but it has it's moments.

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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