The Go-Getter

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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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Mercer (Lou Taylor Pucci), distraught after his mother's death, steals a car from a car wash in Oregon. He flees the state, bound for California, in search of his estranged half brother, Arlen (Jsu Garcia). Shortly into Mercer's journey, a cell phone rings inside the stolen car; it turns out that both the phone and the car belong to Kate (Zooey Deschanel). But, instead of calling the police, Kate and Mercer build a relationship through a series of long talks over the course of his road trip.

Cast & Crew

Nick Offerman
Nick the Potter, Dutch the Trumpeter, Joaquin the Motel Clerk
Judy Greer
Better Than Toast
Colin Fickes
Cousin Buddy
Martin Hynes
Screenwriter
Gavin Parfit
Executive Producer
Don Truesdale
Executive Producer
Kimberly McKewon
Executive Producer
Martin Hynes
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Byron Shah
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Critic Reviews for The Go-Getter

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Audience Reviews for The Go-Getter

  • Apr 25, 2012
    A directorial debut to be proud of, The Go-Getter has the feel of a really good 90's film, updated slightly for contemporary audiences. Zooey Deschanel and Jena Malone have stellar showings, being the perfect faces for an independent film such as this. Lou Taylor Pucci carries the lead well, as the gentle car thief that travels to inform his drifter brother that their mother has passed away. His naivety and along with the slow-moving pace of the film help create a mellow drama along the likes of All The Reals Girls and Dandelion.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2012
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2011
    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 C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2010
    Kind of in the middle about liking and disliking. The cast was great along with the storyline, yet it failed to deliver the way it could have. Zooey = AMAZING! And even though through the first half all you get is her voice, she really brings the film to life. Lou was stinkin' adorable...
    Leigh R Super Reviewer

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