Thursday, September 10, 2009

Under 250: The Go-Getter

2007's The Go-Getter is charming and sweet, due mostly to the acting of Lou Taylor Pucci and the comforting voice of Zooey Deschanel. But the film is also visceral and moving, bringing a similar flavor to, but grittier feel than Away We Go.

The story follows 19-year old Mercer (Lou Taylor Pucci) as he steals a car and goes on his own Huck Finn inspired journey to find his lost half brother. Deschanel is the owner of the stolen car who follows Mercer's journey while they talk via the car’s cell phone about life and his mother’s death.

This is one of few indie gems in which the use of more realistic film stocks and filters feels more warm and truthful, as opposed to cheap and shaky. This does not trap the Hynes the director either, as he slowly slips in the surreal during Kate and Mercer’s talks. Each shot is beautiful in composition and color, a perfect foil for the incredible performances.

For once, Zooey Deschanel's indie girl persona is allowed to soar and gains a depth she is rarely allowed to reach, rendering the viewer just as in love with her as Mercer. Pucci, who is better know for his breakout role in Thumbsucker is an incredible natural actor who disappears into the role. Whether laughing at his mother’s deathbed or upset over the loss of the stolen car, his emotions are haunting and subtle, making you feel as if you’re watching a real life unfolding before you. Look for the amusing supporting work of Jean Malone and Maura Tierney (in a role you’d never expect from her). This is the movie I expected to see when I saw 500 Days of Summer.

5 out of 5

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