Indie Gems: The Go-Getter

Far Fetched can be charming.

That was my thought immediately after viewing The Go-Getter. There is no way this story would happen in real life without serious consequences, but that was part of the film's charm.

Mercer's (Lou Taylor Pucci) mother has just passed away. He wants to find his long lost, older half brother to tell him the news. After finding out he has some traveling to do to get to him he steals a car from a gas station and away he goes. The car belongs to Kate, (Zooey Deschanel) a seemingly quirky girl who is way too calm to have just witnessed someone stealing her vehicle. She left her cell phone in the car, so she calls it and speaks with Mercer throughout his trip. He runs into some interesting people on the way, particularly Joely, (Jena Malone) a care free stoner that has a few other intentions for Mercer.

In reality, Kate would've phoned the police about Mercer, not called him directly about the theft. Mercer and Kate form a very interesting relationship over the phone. It provides some comfort, where as Joely and Mercer's relationship is for all the wrong reasons. I absolutely loved how this movie was shot, it's definitely the "indie style" that we're used to seeing. The film drags at points, but our three leads are talented actors (though perhaps a little typecast) and the movie is great for an afternoon viewing.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: C+

Memorable Quote: "You're so fucking selfish." - Joely (Jena Malone)


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