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The Go-Getter Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The Go-Getter travels, but it doesn't go anywhere.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    The sort of quirky independent comedy that strives for hipness but ultimately just feels contrived and derivative.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    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 (listen up, Diablo Cody).

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    An unusually fresh-feeling indie with a nice sense of style. The potentially predictable story of a young man who undertakes an impromptu journey to resolve some unfinished family business emerges as an appealing tale of personal growth with hand-crafted contours.

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Iffy for 16+

Mature road-trip dramedy doesn't go anywhere new.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though this indie dramedy has a fairly good heart, it's full of iffy adult behavior like sex, theft, and drugs. The film begins with the main character stealing a car and proceeds to include plenty of talk about sex (including an interlude on the set of a porn film), strong language ("f--k" and many derivations thereof), drinking, smoking, and more. Teens who are into alternative music may be interested in the film since it marks the first collaboration of hipster musician M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel, who've since released an album together, but if they watch, be prepared to talk about the characters' conduct.

  • Families can talk about the ongoing appeal of road-trip stories. What do they tend to have in common? Is this one different? What other movies can you think of that deal with similar themes? Families can also discuss the characters' choices. Is Mercer's quest admirable, even though he has to steal a car to do it? Why doesn't Kate call the cops on him? Finally, how does the movie contrast the real American West with the stories, songs, and images we're familiar with?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The lead character steals a car to embark on a road trip; a budding pornographer discusses his theories of art and sex.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Some scuffling and shoving; punches are thrown; a gun and a knife are brandished. A cowboy-themed dream sequence results in bloody wounds.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Kissing, underwear-clad making out, sheet-shielded sex, suggestive dancing, much discussion of a character's "first time." A female character relates how she's "shaved down there." A character stumbles into a pornographic film shoot, where there are discussions of sex and other acts, including anal intercourse.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes "f--k," "motherf--ker," ""f--k-ass," "s--t," "dick," "hell," "bitch," and more.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The only brand mentioned by name is K-Y Jelly (used to help elderly person remove rings stuck on fingers).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Cigarette smoking; a character smokes marijuana; wine, beer and liquor are drunk; two character take Ecstasy; a character takes the prescriptions from his mother's dying bedside, although it's never stated what they are or what happens to them.