The Go-Getter is in Theaters - Go See It!
by Alex Billington
June 8, 2008
The great little indie film needs all the lovin' it can get! A full 16 months ago I wrote an article criticizing Hollywood for ignoring this indie gem since no one had bought it. I originally caught it for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and instantly fell in love with it. The Go-Getter is a wonderful road trip flick starring Lou Taylor Pucci and Zooey Deschanel. We showed you the trailer a few weeks back and wrote about its upcoming theatrical release. The film finally hit theaters this weekend and is playing New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, Toronto, and Portland. If you happen to live in one of those cities, please do your best to make it to a showing of The Go-Getter sometime this week!
If you need some convincing, we've got a few things that will hopefully change your mind. Besides my own review from Sundance, where I gave it 8.5 out of 10 stars, we've got some other new reviews that praise the film. First up is New York Magazine, where critic David Edelstein gives the film a very glowing review. Check out a few quotes from Edelstein's review below.
Martin Hynes’s first film, The Go-Getter, is an especially wonderful addition to the genre, with the right—flickering—mixture of loneliness and enchantment, and with jokes that come at you from just around the bend.
On some road movies, the director has worked everything out in advance: You can almost see the final destination before you get there. This one is alive with discoveries—of locations, characters, the actors who embody them, and even the medium. In The Go-Getter, filmmaking itself feels like Manifest Destiny.
Next up is Lou Lumenick of the New York Post, who also loved the film. Here are a few brief quotes.
Martin Hynes breathes new life - or at least introduces some novel quirks - into the overworked indie road-movie formula with the promising "The Go-Getter."
He's greatly abetted by the charming Lou Taylor Pucci ("Thumbsucker"), who shines as a young Oregonian who steals a car to go in search of the ne'er-do-well half-brother he hasn't seen since childhood - to inform him of their mother's death.
Sounds awful, but it isn't.
Wait - we're not done yet! Even Stephen Holden of the New York Times liked it quite a bit, saying of director Martin Hynes that his "originality speaks for itself." Over at the Village Voice, critic Aaron Hillis gives the film another positive review, saying the film "modestly rewards with gorgeous sun-spotted cinematography, tender digressions in rather brave quantities, and believably charming dialogue that doesn't all sound like it came from the same brain."
How about one more? One of the toughest critics out there, Todd McCarthy of Variety, gave the film a great review as well, which shouldn't be taken lightly - that means quite a bit!
Writer-director Martin Hynes takes advantage of the vast possibilities of the open road and what can only be refashioned personal experience to invigorate "The Go-Getter," an unusually fresh-feeling indie with a nice sense of style.
Pucci, the star of "Thumbsucker" two years ago, again impresses, here as a troubled, naive, but optimistic kid ready to make the jump into manhood. Pucci has a light touch that cuts nicely against Mercer's setbacks and negative experiences.
At this point I'm not sure what else I can say to convince you guys to go check out The Go-Getter. It's such a great indie gem that deserves to be seen and I'm glad it's finally hitting theaters, even if it's 16 months after it first debuted. So if you're in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, Toronto, or Portland, make sure you check it out. And if you need any more information, you can always head to the official website: TheGo-Getter.com. If anyone sees it, make sure to let us know what you thought!