The Go-Getter
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For the follow-up to his feature debut, 1999's The Big Split, filmmaker Martin Hynes took on this bittersweet road movie about a teenager responding to the untimely death of his mother. Overcome with grief that he's unequipped to deal with, Mercer (Lou Taylor Pucci) decides to steal a car and hit the open road. Along the way, he discovers himself with the help of a seductress (Jena Malone) and the owner of the car (Zooey Deschanel). The Go-Getter had its premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The transition from the slopes of Sundance to the hard streets of everywhere else is the artistic equivalent of the bends."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Strives for hipness but ultimately just feels contrived and derivative."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Mature road-trip dramedy doesn't go anywhere new."
‑ James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
"Seems to have sprung from a how-to-get-to-Sundance template, with a framework plot that serves as a mere Christmas tree on which to hang baubles of quirk."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Hopefully, future film classes will use this picture as template for how not to make a movie."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"The first road movie that could fit into the mumblecore genre of dithering youth angst: The Go-Getter travels, but it doesn't go anywhere."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"There are moments of beauty here, but not enough to make up for the mannered dialogue and hamstrung performances."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Even when relegated to an audio-only part, Deschanel has a flattering whimsy that etches her hurt and sensuality in equal measures."
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Given proper promotion, however, one can see Merce--and The Go-Getter--getting chased down by appreciative arthouse audiences."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"More than a movie about becoming an adult, The Go-Getter is a feature-length audition reel for Deschanel to finally get the roles she deserves."
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
"Director-writer Martin Hynes shapes his first movie into something emotionally truthful, painfully funny and vibrantly alive."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Much of the dialogue is so quirky it sounds overheard instead of scripted. The performances are correspondingly spontaneous."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It's a great premise, and the movie rarely disappoints. (OK, we didn't need the song-and-dance number, but still ...) Hynes has style to spare and storytelling chops. The low-key Go-Getter is well worth discovering."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"Hipster filmmaking-by-numbers."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"Another dull indie road movie that doesn't really go anywhere ... little more than a vanity project that wastes most of its better-than-average cast."
‑ Edward Douglas,
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