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The Go-Getter (2008)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 15

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


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 7

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


Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Martin Hynes

Oct 21, 2008

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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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 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Director-writer Martin Hynes shapes his first movie into something emotionally truthful, painfully funny and vibrantly alive.

June 11, 2008
Rolling Stone
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Strives for hipness but ultimately just feels contrived and derivative.

June 10, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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There are moments of beauty here, but not enough to make up for the mannered dialogue and hamstrung performances.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Much of the dialogue is so quirky it sounds overheard instead of scripted. The performances are correspondingly spontaneous.

June 6, 2008
New York Times
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Mature road-trip dramedy doesn't go anywhere new.

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Even when relegated to an audio-only part, Deschanel has a flattering whimsy that etches her hurt and sensuality in equal measures.

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source:

It's a great premise, and the movie rarely disappoints. (OK, we didn't need the song-and-dance number, but still ...) Hynes has style to spare and storytelling chops. The low-key Go-Getter is well worth discovering.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Seems to have sprung from a how-to-get-to-Sundance template, with a framework plot that serves as a mere Christmas tree on which to hang baubles of quirk.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Given proper promotion, however, one can see Merce--and The Go-Getter--getting chased down by appreciative arthouse audiences.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Hipster filmmaking-by-numbers.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source:

Hopefully, future film classes will use this picture as template for how not to make a movie.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

More than a movie about becoming an adult, The Go-Getter is a feature-length audition reel for Deschanel to finally get the roles she deserves.

June 4, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Another dull indie road movie that doesn't really go anywhere ... little more than a vanity project that wastes most of its better-than-average cast.

June 4, 2008 Full Review Source:

Behold, indie-rock hipsters: The Go-Getter, the cinematic navel lint from which She & Him crawled out to produce the almost cruel monotony of Volume One.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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.
January 5, 2012
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.
September 22, 2011

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