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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Critic Reviews for The Go-Getter
The transition from the slopes of Sundance to the hard streets of everywhere else is the artistic equivalent of the bends.
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.
Director-writer Martin Hynes shapes his first movie into something emotionally truthful, painfully funny and vibrantly alive.
Strives for hipness but ultimately just feels contrived and derivative.
There are moments of beauty here, but not enough to make up for the mannered dialogue and hamstrung performances.
Much of the dialogue is so quirky it sounds overheard instead of scripted. The performances are correspondingly spontaneous.
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.
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.
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.
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