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The Go-Getter (2007)

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When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well.

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Martin Hynes

Writer:

Martin Hynes

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Mercer
Zooey Deschanel ... Kate
M. Ward ... J
Judy Greer ... >Toast
Nick Offerman ... Dutch / Joaquin / Nick
Brian McNamara Brian McNamara ... Tape
Jena Malone ... Joely
Erv Immeman Erv Immeman ... Patient
Ann Ryerson ... Visitor
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Leone
Alex Nicksay Alex Nicksay ... Reagan
Aaron Mitchel Aaron Mitchel ... Anal
Michael Patterson-Crohn Michael Patterson-Crohn ... Shaddup
Marissa Ingrasci ... Laurel
Sita Young Sita Young ... Hardy
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Storyline

In Eugene, Oregon, Mercer, 19, wants to tell his wayward half-brother, 18 years older than he, that their mother has died. He has an address in Shelter Cove, so he steals a car from a car wash and heads south. Nothing is simple: his brother is gone, but he left resentment Mercer has to deal with. He gets an address in Reno and stops in Fallon to hook up with a girl he knew in middle school. Reno's a bust, but she promises sex if Mercer will drive her and two friends to Mohave. His plans go awry. From time to time, the car's owner calls him on a cell phone left in the car. Her arch but friendly voice gives Mercer needed empathy. Will he ever find his brother, and if so, what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Life doesn't come with a roadmap.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American sunshine See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The high school at the beginning of the film is Martin Hynes's former school. During filming, student extras found his picture in old yearbooks. See more »

Quotes

Joely: How's your mother? She was always a bit weird.
Mercer: She's good. She's on her walkabout.
Joely: What? What's a walkabout?
Mercer: She's in Australia. It's kind of like a bar mitzvah.
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Connections

References Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

One Life Away
Written by M. Ward
Arrangement by Ben Medler
Performed by The Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra All Stars
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1 October 2007 | by richard_sleboeSee all my reviews

Apologies everyone, but I am totally in love with Zooey Deschanel. She coos on the phone, she dances in black and white, she even sings on the soundtrack in that dreamy, sleepy voice of hers ("When I Reach the Border"). And she does it all with casual grace, not nearly trying half as hard as most other actresses her age. I cannot wait to see her as Janis Joplin in "The Gospel According to Janis". Director Martin Hynes teams her up with a slightly quirky, yet very charming male lead (Lou Taylor Pucci). They take the laughter and the tears as the off-beat script sends them on a somewhat unusual road trip in pursuit of his past and her future, taking viewers right back to that magical nowhere land between adolescence and adulthood. They even get to play the identity game ("20 questions") twice, two thirds into the story and, again, in the closing scene. Essentially, "The Go-Getter" gives you romance minus the usual cheese. Think "Rushmore" meets "Elizabethtown", with a soulful indie soundtrack. Notable off-screen guest appearance by Brian McNamara as the voice of the book on tape.


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