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  • Summary: Mercer steals a car to escape his small Oregon town and find his older brother after a tragic loss in the family. Once on the road he becomes attached to phone calls from Kate, the forgiving and mysterious girl who owns the car he stole. With her voice as guidance Mercer travels across the former Wild West to find a new sense of belonging. A crazy trip to Reno with Joely and odd encounters with his brother’s former friends soon make Mercer realize that everything he’s looking for may not be on the road, but on the other end of the phone. With a soundtrack by M. Ward and some other big names in the indie music scene and shot in the beautiful plains of the Mid-West, The Go-Getter is a road trip about finding love in the strangest of ways. (Peace Arch Entertainment) Expand
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  1. 88
    Director-writer Martin Hynes shapes his first movie into something emotionally truthful, painfully funny and vibrantly alive. It's a near-perfect road movie, since you don't want the ride to end.
  2. This one is alive with discoveries--of locations, characters, the actors who embody them, and even the medium. In The Go-Getter, filmmaking itself feels like Manifest Destiny.
  3. The sort of discovery meant to be savored by the few who find it, The Go-Getter was made for anyone who ever felt stuck, or alone, or desperate to find their place in the world.
  4. Mr. Hynes, who wrote the screenplay, seems well aware of the challenge of breathing fresh life into a familiar formula. Much of the dialogue is so quirky it sounds overheard instead of scripted. The performances are correspondingly spontaneous.
  5. There are moments of beauty here, but not enough to make up for the mannered dialogue and hamstrung performances. Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative won't be prosecuted, but they'll probably be disappointed.
  6. The Go-Getter travels, but it doesn't go anywhere.

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  1. AsherZ
    Apr 5, 2009
    A real surprise. I just watched this on snowtime. Excellent camera work and lighting; music is great and the acting is incredibly realistic, really good conversations through out the film and lots of funny situations. Collapse
  2. Oct 8, 2010
    There may be a lack of chemistry between Pucci and Deschannel, but Haynes' direction, Byron Shah's cinematography and M. Ward's music make up for most of its flaws. Expand
  3. JayH
    Aug 29, 2008
    I clearly differ than many on this movie, but it bored me. I have little patience for pretentious indie films. Jena Malone is always good to see, the rest of the cast was not very memorable. Too talky and the characters lack depth. Expand