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Go (1999)



Critic Consensus: With its sharp dialogue and raucous visuals, Go entertains at an exhilarating pace.

Movie Info

Director/cinematographer Doug Liman's third feature links together three edgy stories, all beginning in the same Los Angeles supermarket with an interconnected group of characters. Ronna (Sarah Polley) is a down-on-her-luck checkout girl who is sweet talked into taking an extra shift from her friend Simon (Desmond Askew) so he can go to Las Vegas. Ronna is then approached by two good-looking actors, Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr), who want to buy drugs. Ronna, who needs money, plans to act as a go-between between the actors and a dealer friend of Simon's, Todd (Timothy Olyphant), until a cop named Burke (William Fichtner) enters the picture. Meanwhile, Simon is living it up in Vegas; in the course of a very wild night on the town, he manages to bed two women, accidentally steal a car with his good friend Marcus (Taye Diggs), and get thrown out of the best strip club in town, with more than a few people after him, especially when he leaves behind a credit card he borrowed from Todd. Once again back at the supermarket, Adam and Zack turn out to not be quite what they seemed, and their relationship with Burke and his wife Irene (Jane Krakowski) takes an unexpected turn as their evening becomes very, very complicated. Go, Liman's long-awaited follow-up to his indie hit Swingers, received its World Premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.more
Rating: R (for strong drug content, sexuality, language and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John August
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 1999
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Desmond Askew
as Simon Baines
Katie Holmes
as Claire Montgomery
Sarah Polley
as Ronna Martin
Taye Diggs
as Marcus
J.E. Freeman
as Victor Sr.
Robert Peters
as Switterman
Timothy Olyphant
as Todd Gaines
Jimmy Shubert
as Victor Jr.
Jodi Bianca Wise
as Ballerina Girl
Suzanne Krull
as Stringy Haired Woman
Rita Bland
as Dancing Register Wom...
Tony Denman
as Track Suit Guy
Scott Hass
as Raver Dude
Natasha Melnick
as Anorexic Girl
Manu Intiraymi
as Skate Punk Guy
Josh Paddock
as Spider Marine
Ken Kupstis
as Sports Car Man
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Critic Reviews for Go

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (24)

Tickled. That's the square old word that comes to mind in response to the self-consciously hip Go.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Supremely Entertaining!

January 1, 2000
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

An invigorating piece of filmmaking!

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A furiously paced, perversely entertaining Pulp Fiction for puppies!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Finally, there's nothing much to this movie except a lot of funky attitude.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

When the writing is good, Go is good, and when the writing is flat, things fall apart.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Go


In my mind, films from the 1990's almost have their own genre as to what material is explored throughout. Like today's day and age, the 90's had it's own feel. We have a lot of big blockbuster superhero films, and the 90's had a tons of teenage hangout pictures. "GO" puts a spin on that story and has a very Pulp Fiction-esque type of vibe as far as storytelling goes. For many more reasons than one, this is a much easier film to watch than "Pulp Ficton," as the fun element is cranked up to a million. Telling the same story over and over again through different perspectives can be a disaster waiting to happen, and while not every piece of the puzzle fit for me, they did about 90% of the time. "GO" is a very smart film that you do not need to think about very much, and those are two things that I think makes a film brilliant. "GO" is one of the rare films that has definite repeat value for me. Such a lovable little film. Highly recommended!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Acting as both cinematographer and director, this is Doug Liman's third film, and, out of all the films that came out during the mid-late 90s that took major influence (if not outright stole) from Quentin Tarantino, this is probably one of the best, especially since it actually manages to stand on its own.

Full of tons of style and energy, this is a wild and darkly funny romp that was one of the first film to really highlight the club drug ecstasy. What we get here are three interconnected stories that begin at a supermarket, take place over the course of 24 hours or so a few days before Christmas, and feature several employees at said supermarket, with a major thread linking them together being each person's role in/connection to a potentially fruitful drug deal.

The main players include two actors trying to keep out of trouble, a wily Brit who wants to live it up in Vegas, a desperate girl hard up for money, a cop with questionable morals, and a rather volatile drug dealer. We also get a gang of goofy friends, a supportive best friend on the verge of corruption, and a psycho club owner.

One of the many notable things about this film is the ensemble cast, many of whom are made up of then up-and-comers mostly known for TV work. Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf are the actors, Sarah Polley is the girl who needs money, Desmond Askew is the Brit, William Fichtner is the cop, and Timothy Olyphant is the dealer. Breckin Meyer and Taye Diggs are two of the goofball friends, Katie Holmes is the supportive bestie, J. E. Freeman is the club owner, and, oh yeah, Jane Krakowski is the cop's wife. There's even a literally seconds long appearance from a pre-fame Melissa McCarthy.

The acting is pretty good, and maybe better than you'd expect. The characters are colorful, most have some pretty good character arcs, and they're all a lot of fun to watch.

The film has several wild scenes of excess, debauchery, and the madness that sometimes comes with partying, and they're done well, and, unlike Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, get the point across without being so gloriously ugly and unpleasant, thanks to some good direction, camerawork, and editing. The soundtrack is also really good, and really helps bring the proceedings to thumping, pulse-pounding life.

All in all, this is a really good film. It seems fairly underrated to me, which is kind of unfortunate. It's not perfect, but I think it's decent enough and deserving of more attention.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

"A weekend wasted is never a wasted weekend."

Told from three perspectives, a story of a bunch of young Californians trying to get some cash, do and deal some drugs, score money and sex in Las Vegas, and generally experience the rush of life.

"Go" tells three separate stories linked together by a drug deal gone wrong. One concerns a first-time dealer hoping to secure rent money, another concerns a group of pals on a road trip to Vegas and the last concerns a gay couple coerced into co-operating with a sting operation. The narrative approach is similar to films like "Pulp Fiction", wherein multiple story lines contain some common element(s) and intersect at times throughout the film. John August's script uses this approach well and manages to tell a story that is clever and unpredictable. The direction by Doug Liman is also well-handled and shows some inventiveness without being overindulgent.

Additionally, the soundtrack is skillfully assembled and fits the film's atmosphere perfectly. "Go" features a first rate cast of actors who ease nicely into their roles and slide into that fine balance between seriousness and humor that the screenplay establishes. In a similar way, the film itself glides fluidly between past and present, drawing, again like "Pulp Fiction" a giant narrative circumference around the action. It may take awhile for a viewer to capture the rhythms of the film, but, by sticking with it and following it along on its unorthodox course, that viewer will be handsomely rewarded.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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