The Go-Getter [Import]
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. Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Lou Taylor Pucci, M. Ward, and more.
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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.
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.
Here's the scoop. Mercer (Lou Taylor Pucci) steals a car to go find his half brother and tell him their mother has died. The car's owner (Zooey Deschanel) is in touch with him via her cell phone, which was left in the car, and they carry on a conversation as he traverses the West, Southwest and Mexico to find brother and deliver the news.
This IS a road movie, replete with odd characters, circumstances, trouble and soul searching. But it just seemed to be stuff I've seen too many times in other movies. The cast, as good as they were, were pretty high powered to inhabit an independent film. Zooey Deschanel, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jena Malone and Bill Duke must have chewed up a sizable portion of the budget. They did appear to use natural sets and a lot of hand held camera so my guess is there was some money saved there. But, again, it all seemed too familiar. Even the soundtrack, with all kinds of indy bands doing insightful-ish songs seemed calculated. Some of the scenes gave me the impression of being odd for odd's sake. You could almost feel the wheels turning in the writer's head.
This isn't a bad watch though I did feel myself getting antsy after a bit. I just got the feeling they were trying too hard to be too indy. It's like a cult movie. You can't set out to make a cult movie. It either turns out to be one or not. The audience decides that for you.