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The Go-Getter (2007)

Zooey Deschanel , Lou Taylor Pucci , Martin Hynes  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jena Malone, Nick Offerman, Maura Tierney
  • Directors: Martin Hynes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Peace Arch Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CT05JE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

When a teenager s mother dies, his road trip in a stolen car to reunite with his long lost brother unexpectedly becomes a fun roller-coaster of self-discovery.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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2007's under the radar independent film The Go-Getter tells the story of a somewhat feeble and mundane Mercer(Lou taylor Pucci) who's decided to take a road trip in order to find his brother and convince him to help spread their deceased mother's ashes. With almost nothing to his name, Mercer steals a car; that is owned by the lovely Kate(Zooey Deschanel) and begins trekking across the U.S., finding loophole after loophole.

Yes, it is similar to the typical plot of an independent film, about a coming of age experience but it is more enjoyable then most, and the acting by the young cast is enjoyable. Not to mention some of the crazy characters we come to meet and quickly find a distaste for.

The cinematography is brilliant, all the scenery was just near flawless; with gorgeous colors and whimsical feelings.

Although the film itself is fantastic, the true star is the soundtrack, mostly by M Ward, it is surreal, calming and the perfect companion to the enjoyable movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Synopsis: `The Go Getter' ('07) is an intriguing though at times uneven '07 film about one young man's transition into manhood during a journey across the cultural and geographical landscape of the Pacific coastline. Nineteen year old Mercer (Lou Taylor Pucci) goes "walkabout" (driveabout would probably be a more accurate term) in search of his older, long absent half-brother Arlen. The reason for this trip is to inform Arlen of their Mother's death, his method of transportation a stolen vehicle from the local carwash. As Mercer works his way from place to place tracking his good-for-nothing sibling he begins a relationship with Kate (Zooey Deschanel) the owner of the vehicle via her cell phone left in the car.

Along the way the grieving, inexperienced road warrior interacts with a variety of memorable and not-so-memorable characters along the way; a community of pot smoking, pottery making, self-proclaimed Buddhists, four parolees posing as a band to entertain shut-ins as a part of their community service, a pill popping, sexually active ex-classmate from grammar school (Jena Malone) to name a few. As Mercer's feelings of alienation and loneliness mount the only solace available to him is the disembodied voice on the phone. Will our young wanderer find what he's seeking somewhere on the far horizon, or is it much closer than he could have ever imagined?

Critique: `The Go Getter' is yet another contemporary Indie film that deserves to be seen. In a similar vein of the American novelist, poet and artist Jack Kerouac, director and writer Martin Hynes provides the audience with a slice of life as found in the most unlikely of places. The images and dialogue flow in almost stream of consciousness fashion, hence the phase, "the American River". In my opinion the most enjoyable and poignant sequences deal with the evolving relationship between Mercer and Kate, truly the heart and soul of the tale. Well worth a viewing or two.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still not sure what to think about the movie June 4, 2009
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First of all, I thought the acting for this movie was pretty good from all the actors, especially Zooey Deschanel. Too bad she wasn't in it more! Mercer decides on a whim to steal a car and track down his older half brother (who he hasn't seen in 15 years or so). He starts his journey the last place he knew his brother was at and keeps getting sent somewhere else. The stolen car's owner continues to call Mercer and they form an emotional relationship through the phone.
By the middle I was wanting a resolution but it kept dragging on. Parts of the movie are just so unbelievable it was hard to watch. if you are a big fan of Deschanel or Malones, I'd say rent it. Otherwise I'd skip this one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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2007's under the radar independent film The Go-Getter tells the story of a somewhat feeble and mundane Mercer(Lou taylor Pucci) who's decided to take a road trip in order to find his brother and convince him to help spread their deceased mother's ashes. With almost nothing to his name, Mercer steals a car; that is owned by the lovely Kate(Zooey Deschanel) and begins trekking across the U.S., finding loophole after loophole.

Yes, it is similar to the typical plot of an independent film, about a coming of age experience but it is more enjoyable then most, and the acting by the young cast is enjoyable. Not to mention some of the crazy characters we come to meet and quickly find a distaste for.

The cinematography is brilliant, all the scenery was just near flawless; with gorgeous colors and whimsical feelings.

Although the film itself is fantastic, the true star is the soundtrack, mostly by M Ward, it is surreal, calming and the perfect companion to the enjoyable movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Cross Country road trip March 9, 2009
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19 year ago Mercer's (Lou Taylor Pucci ) mother passes away and sets out to find his older half-brother he hasn't seen in fourteen years. It turns out to be quite the trip. He steals Kate's (Zooey Deschanel) car and he starts on an oddyssey to find his missing brother.

Things are an adventure. Whereas, most films seem like a travelogue of places, this is a travelogue of people. This is an indie movie of thought and reflection, This film is not a simple road trip, It is special! Do find this film and get it! You will be on a journey you will never forget

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most beautiful movie i have ever seen September 9, 2011
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I never thought i'd be writing one of these reviews, but after watching the Go Getter last night it would be a crime not to tell you how wonderful this film is. This is without a doubt the most beautifully shot film i've ever seen in my life. You can get a feel for it if you watch the trailer, but you have to watch the film to actually experience how the director used colors and lighting in the most incredible way. This is easily my favorite film with Zooey Deschanel in it. (Yes, i liked it more than 500 days of summer, if you could believe that.) And the soundtrack done by M. Ward works perfectly for the film. Its a shame that more people won't be able to watch this film or are listening to the completely bogus negative reviews. If you're a fan of independent films or just enjoy watching an amazing, touching film, you cannot miss this one. Trust me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 22 hours ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
I began watching this on On Demand over the summer and fell in love with the oddity of it all. I love Zooey Deschanel (as a rule) and this movie is no different! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tori Seltzer
1.0 out of 5 stars A real downer, except for Zooey.
Yes, she has a cute voice, which you get to hear regularly throughout the movie. But there is no better window on a chaotic, pathetic life as this one. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Adventures
Unpredictably and sensitively told with fantastic acting all around. There are a million ways to film a road trip and this is definitely a new one. Read more
Published 12 months ago by mr. contrarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Never heard of it before, glad I found it
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, one of only three film reviewers that I really listen too, says it best on the cover: "Emotionally truthful, painfully funny and vibrantly... Read more
Published 13 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars I love road trip movies but this one takes the cake
The casting for this story is flawless, the soundtrack (the reason i wanted to watch in the first place) synchronizes beautifully. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Janet Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars FAVORITE MOVIE
My boyfriend and I LOVE this film and I can't believe I found it at a reasonable price. He enjoyed the gift.
Published 17 months ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars The Go-Getter...Go Get It!
came across this movie early one morning on the sundance channel.
absolutely LOVE it.
and when i finally came across it on dvd i just had to have it.
Published 18 months ago by thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars The Go Getter
This is another Jena Malone movie that she turns in a truly unique and wonderful performance ,not her best,due more to the film itself,as she always makes the hair on your arms... Read more
Published on June 16, 2012 by GQBOB
3.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood in Indy Clothing
I want to support indy films. We need someone to balance out the Hollywood behemoth. But I look at this flick and wonder if it isn't just a Hollywood movie posing as an indy... Read more
Published on May 7, 2012 by Eric Sanberg
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