The Go-Getter

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Released 2007

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Director:
Martin Hynes
Released:
2007
Rating:
R

The Go-Getter is a film about the adventures of Mercer (Lou Taylor Pucci), a shy, 19-year-old boy from Eugene, Oregon, who already feels trapped in his life. After his mother dies, Mercer decides to track down his half-brother, Arlen (Jsu Garcia), in Shelter Cove, California, and then travel to his mother's hometown in Louisiana to scatter her ashes. Yearning to do something out of character, Mercer steals a car and sets out to find his brother. While driving, Mercer answers a cell phone left in the stolen car and strikes up an unusual relationship with the car's owner, Kate (Zooey Deschanel). Kate considers it fate that the two of them met this way, and their relationship deepens via phone conversations throughout the movie. Mercer travels from Oregon to California, to Nevada, back to California, and finally to Mexico, searching for his brother and encounters a cast of offbeat characters including a junior high school crush, Joely (Jena Malone).

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    An unusually fresh-feeling indie with a nice sense of style. The potentially predictable story of a young man who undertakes an impromptu journey to resolve some unfinished family ...

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    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 instea...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    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 pro...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance