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Go [VHS] (1999)

Sarah Polley , Jay Mohr , Doug Liman  |  R |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Sarah Polley, Jay Mohr, Scott Wolf, Taye Diggs, Katie Holmes
  • Directors: Doug Liman
  • Writers: John August
  • Producers: John August, John Marshall, Matt Freeman, Mickey Liddell, Paddy Cullen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: January 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 076783626X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Director Doug Liman's follow-up to the winning Swingers is a rollicking adventure that, while lacking in any substantial plot, speeds along with nonstop adrenaline and style to burn. Taking a cue from Pulp Fiction, Liman plays tricks with time and overlapping plots, all of which play out in L.A. and Las Vegas in a 24-hour period sometime between Christmas and New Year's. Slacker grocery-store clerk Ronna (Sarah Polley) is trying to score rent money by selling hits of Ecstasy at a rave party, but winds up inadvertently double-crossing a ruthless dealer (sexy and scary Timothy Olyphant). She's also invading the dealing turf of her coworker Simon (Desmond Askew), a Brit on his first trip to Vegas, which turns nightmarish after a jaunt with pal Marcus (Taye Diggs) to a "gentleman's club" turns violent. And then there's the two soap-opera actors (Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf) who cross paths with Ronna more than once in their attempts to divest themselves of a drug-related charge by participating in a sting.

The way Liman and writer John August layer these stories owes a huge debt to Quentin Tarantino, but the comedy and action sequences rocket like a bat out of hell with energy, humor, and genuine surprise. In addition to some hilarious dialogue exchanges--including a classic scene between Ronna's stoned friend (Nathan Bexton) and a Zen cat--Liman works wonders with one the most winning ensembles in recent memory, a cast that includes both established actors and TV cuties. Mohr, Diggs, and especially Polley (doing a 180 from her turn in The Sweet Hereafter) are as excellent as you'd expect, but it's Wolf (of Party of Five) and Dawson's Creek's Katie Holmes (as Polley's best bud) who turn in revelatory work; Holmes especially seems poised to be a breakout star. An amazing cinematic ride--like a roller coaster, you'll want to go back again and again. --Mark Englehart

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best January 12, 2005
Loved Pulp Fiction? Then you will most likely enjoy a fun-ride called GO, directed by Doug Liman who also did Swingers and is currently attached to direct Bourne Identity with Matt Damon. I went into this movie expecting a typical teen comedy but I walked with my jaw dropped. I could not remember the last time I have seen a movie that was this much fun. This flick is pure example of how much fun a story can be. An intelligent, balls-out entertainment for everyone who enjoys fun movies. Most people tend to praise movies with a 'message', Go has no 'real' message but it does show how much fun something can be. Most people will try to live this story out on their own because it's just that good. Everyone, in some weird way, would love to experience what these bunch of people experienced in this movie. Comedy, sex, guns.. I can go and on.. but who can forget this fun cast who made the movie oh-so-memorable.

Here we have three separate stories that take place the same day/night. It's one of those things that shows you that everyone you meet has a story to their name, and what fun stories do these character have! First up we have Ronna Martin (Sarah Polley) who goes a bit too far and tries to screw a local drug dealer over, we all know how those stories end up but you'll never guess what turn this one takes. Ronna is a work related friend to Simon Baines (Demons Askew), a (...) British dude who just so happens to be friends with the drug dealer who is out to find Ronna. Simon decides to take some vacation time to Vegas with his buddies Marscus (Taye Diggs), Singh (James Duval) and Tiny (Breckin Mayer). Next up we have the third story that just barely fits into the loop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Xiang Kai-Shek. Famous Chinese ruler. Starts with 'X.'" December 10, 2004
"Go" is most assuredly an oddity. I remember a review for "Go" back in '99 that states something like, "'Go' is a much better film than it has any right to be." My feelings exactly.

The mark of a good director is being able to construct a good film translated from good script material. However, Doug ("Swingers") Liman's sophomore effort ably demonstrates that with style, intuition, and -- above all -- energy, he can craft a magnificent film from shoddy script material. In Hollywood lingo, this is damn near impossible to accomplish. So, thanks to Liman for smashing that preconception.

EVERYONE that reviews this mentions "Pulp Fiction" for obvious reasons, so I'll be no different. Yeah, it owes a lot to it. But PF owes big debts to other films, as well. Don't look at this as derivatives of derivatives, although some films definitely are. Try to view "Go" as something more cunning and sneaky than one might first think. First of all, attempting to find depth, soul, and social philosophy inside a movie entitled "Go" seems like a moot point to begin with. So roll with me here. That title itself should suggest that it's less likely to offer humane insight and is more concerned with feeling, sensations, adrenaline -- all of which wrap around the present moment: RIGHT NOW. This here is "Go"'s priority. And it's executed to exhilirating effect.

The stories go:
RONNA - needs extra shifts at her grocery store in order to make rent money this month. She takes amateur drug-dealer Simon's shift after a 14-hour stint, so he can go to Vegas with his buddies. But Zack and Adam (Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf), two soap opera actors, come calling on Simon but hook up Ecstacy through Ronna (Sara Polley) instead, Ronna dealing in hopes of closing that rent gap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never judge a DVD by its cover! August 18, 2001
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I'd seen this movie around for ages but I never gave it a chance coz of one thing... somebody from Dawsons Creek was on the front! Out of pure boredom I decided to read a review anyway, just to find out how bad it was gonna be. First I looked at the rating, 5 out of 5!! Unbelievably it sounded like a really decent film so I rented it and boy was I pleasantly surprised! Go is a fast paced Comedy/Drama based on one story told from three angles. The first is one girls adventure to try and score some rent money by doing a first time drug deal with a menacing drug dealer. Meanwhile two soap opera actors have been busted for drugs and are helping the cops bust their dealer who is actually away in Las Vegas! The film opens with lots of quick shots at a rave, with Katie Holmes rambling on as if shes on all kinds of drugs - this was something I wasn't expecting, that good girl from Dawsons Creek completely out of it! We then move to a super market and meet one of the main characters Ronna (a superb Sarah Polley) Shes desperate for rent money the day before she is set to be evicted, and so hastley agrees to cover Simons (Desmond Askew) shift so that he can party in Vegas. Two guys arrive at her checkout wondering if she could sort them out for a party that they are going to. With money on the brain she accepts and takes Claire (Holmes) and Mani (Nathan Bexton) on a mission around LA to score some E. The nice thing about this film is that the three stories manage to connect really smoothly and not much brain power is needed. The cast are fantastic, all giving something to make this film very special. I now have changed my mind on that girl from Dawsons Creek and will now continue to call her Katie Holmes and will sometimes even tolerate Dawsons Creek. If you're gonna buy this, I recommend the DVD, its packed with loadsa goodies including an interesting Making of feature and 14 deleted scenes.
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