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Worth A Look: 29.63%
Average: 14.2%
Pretty Bad: 8.02%
Total Crap: 3.09%

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by Kelly Palma

"Run do not walk to the nearest theatre and go see GO!"
4 stars

You know the 'Monopoly' card that you never want to get? The one where you go to jail. "Go Directly to jail…Do not pass GO…Do not collect two hundred dollars." Well, that is my advice to you about this movie, do not pass up 'GO.' It is a movie that once you enter the theatre, grabs you, spins you, twists you around and refuses to let go until the credits finally roll. Never before have I screamed and jumped so much at a non-horror flick. The script really could have gone further, but I am kind of glad that it didn't. At every turn of the movie, I thought I knew what was going to happen…but then it didn't. So kudos to the writers for that bit of ingenuity, they kept me on my toes.

The plot revolves around a group of generation-X kids and their adventures Christmas Eve. The story is told in three segments, each starting from the same beginning scene. First from Ronna's (Sarah Polley) perspective, then Simon's (Desmond Askew) adventure in Las Vegas, and finally Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack's (Jay Mohr) whole story is revealed. The main elements all involve a drug deal/bust gone horribly wrong. Ronna and Claire (Katie Holmes) pass off cold medicine as ecstasy at a rave. Simon and Marcus (Taye Diggs) have an interesting array of escapades in Las Vegas involving a stolen car, sex with two people and the bouncer from a strip club that is out to get them. Adam and Zack are two TV stars who are caught up in the same drug deal/bust gone bad as Ronna and a really weird Christmas dinner with one titillating sequence in particular that had me on the edge of my seat.

It was an ensemble cast piece in which most of the players moved smoothly and flawlessly throughout the film. William Fichtner (last seen in 'Armageddon') and Jane Krakowski ('Ally McBeal') performed their roles excellently stealing all the scenes they were in. Their blend of charisma and comic relief just poured off the screen. It was one of those moments in a movie where you listen a little harder, so as not to miss a single solitary word. Sarah Polley has certainly come a long way since 'Avonlea,' the serial based on L.M. Montgomery's book 'Anne of Green Gables' that she starred in on the Disney Channel. I was a little disappointed in Katie Holmes' performance. Maybe I was expecting more, as a regular 'Dawson's Creek' watcher I know the kind of emotion that Holmes portrays as Joey week after week. Is acting in movies that much different from TV? Granted her part was not very large, which made me wonder why she got top billing. She just seemed like a limp noodle, slogging her way through her lines with no feeling or emotion whatsoever. Katie, honey you have given such good performances that they have made me cry on 'Dawson's Creek.' What gives?

In my opinion 'GO' has three breakout stars that I hope to see much more of in the future. Timothy Olyphant as Todd Gaines, a whacked out drug dealer that somehow goes from sleazy and disgusting to charming and sexy at the end of the film. Olyphant's character is one that you should hate, but somehow just can't quite resist rooting for in the end. Taye Diggs as Marcus, (last seen baring his butt and starring with Angela Bassett in 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back') and Desmond Askew as Simon, (a British import making his American debut in this film). Diggs and Askew blind you like sun, performing their scrubby roles so eloquently it leaves you begging for more.

If the 'Macarena' makes a comeback I will blame this movie. Although I have to admit it has one of the most enjoyable dance sequences I've seen since the one from 'Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion' when Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, and Alan Cumming all take the floor. For the Ladies this movie has a cast list chock full of hotties in my opinion…Scott Wolf, Timothy Olyphant, I won't bore you…you can read the credits. For the Guys this movie has a lot of boobs, so if nothing else they should enjoy the strip club and ménage a trois sequences.

This is a flick definitely worth checking out, but I wouldn't advise it if you are over 30. It is definitely not your run-of-the-mill teen movie. But at the same time it is not something that you would want to watch with your parents or grandparents, unless they are extremely cool and hip like mine. Okay well sometimes they are extremely cool and hip.

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9/14/17 morris campbell a cooler younger pulp fiction 4 stars
5/01/13 matthew thompson dalldorf Why is this a rip-off of 'Pulp Fiction' & 'Reservoir Dogs' a homage to 'City On Fire'? 5 stars
8/22/11 Monday Morning IF Magazine: perfect example of "those who can't do, review." 4 stars
10/16/10 Psdelbil Y2x3gJ Rohri jlcxufhpt sdjaljd nqgcotwyw eetihb yqdkonif ovbp ovxuc. 3 stars
8/16/10 Dgfypahq JBZ87w Zkamq vdhorysd zvnjmjova yqchsayw lfambewdx rbzpfmlv zltdhzuac ykyskjasm ukkdctyd. 5 stars
7/23/10 Tfpubxjz 56zCQo Wgjfuzq qnesr fcakydeltn xavlyzx wzsx yegqiccukg alirjc pmgdd. 5 stars
9/17/09 Jeff Wilder As far as Pulp Fiction knock offs go, not bad. 4 stars
10/04/07 The Film Maker This movie was hilarious! Very smart film as well. Basics got it done. 5 stars
3/28/07 Double M Awesome, cool, hilarious, entertaining. i have yet to see something bad with Sarah Polley.. 5 stars
2/23/07 David Pollastrini All the women in this film are hot! 4 stars
1/24/07 William Goss Marginally entertaining ensemble piece improves along the way. 3 stars
10/02/06 Beau well thought out, but a shitty plot, great movie for people with 2 brain cells 2 stars
2/10/05 Ando Wouldn't compare it to pulp fiction, different type of movie. 5 stars
5/21/04 Elena definitely underrated; this movie is witty and entertaining and generally well-made 5 stars
1/19/04 sarah makes me nostalgic for the 90s... and five years ago. 4 stars
11/18/03 he a great film 5 stars
3/25/03 Adia the best movie ever, ive seen it 100 times 5 stars
11/17/02 Annie I loved it. It was so funny. I couldn't stop laughing. 5 stars
10/06/02 Elizaveta I liked the multiple-sided storytelling. Too bad the story was cliched young adult crud. 3 stars
9/09/02 Movie guy A GREAT FILM 5 stars
6/05/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi well, if u shink dis movie kicked serious ass, check out the phucking soundtrack!!! 5 stars
3/05/02 Veronica Foxx aka The Raven-Haired Temptress I was quite intrigued by this movie, but afterwards was left with this blah feeling. 3 stars
3/02/02 Unagiboy The only homage to "Pulp Fiction" that works. "It's a Miata!!" 5 stars
3/02/02 Alan Smithee Decent if a bit too derivitive of Pulp Fiction. and Katie Holmes is soooooo hot! 3 stars
9/13/01 Gary Good script, direction and acting, but quite hollow and heartless. 3 stars
9/03/01 Butterbean Pretty cool movie with subplots that tied together well! Quentin Tarrantino would be proud! 5 stars
8/16/01 P.Rodriguez Excellent (Mr Burns)...... 5 stars
5/11/01 Bada Bing Crosby Its Christmas, you'll be ho-ho-homeless....great movie in every way 5 stars
4/09/01 ChErRyRiPe Fantastic film, tim olyphant is a babe. 5 stars
4/05/01 Monday Morning Berry berry good 5 stars
2/21/01 Rocket Boy Fast-paced, amazing, hilarious, surprisingly accurate. 5 stars
2/20/01 sarah i actually missed the whole jay mohr kissing some guy, but that would have been hot, indeed 4 stars
2/12/01 Jake Intense and hilarious. Characters were quite interesting. 5 stars
1/13/01 Avenger Girl This movie was boring and very ordinary, if not slightly ridiculous. 1 stars
9/02/00 Rosalie Coleman This is quite possibly the BEST movie I have ever seen. 5 stars
7/12/00 Tom Excellent film. Sara Polley is great. Jay Mohr kissing another guy is hot! 5 stars
5/24/00 Mike Leskow Great energy and storylines. See it. 4 stars
2/29/00 Bueller Go! That's exactly what I wanted to after about 20 minutes into this movie! 2 stars
2/23/00 Tom McNulty Luvved it 5 stars
1/02/00 Julian Yap it was good but didn't not to the extent that it kicked donkey balls. know what i mean? 4 stars
10/27/99 Tim It sucked..any movie with Jay Mohr kissing another guy sux 2 stars
10/25/99 BBReBozo I like watching Katie Holmes jiggle. 4 stars
10/14/99 Larry film of the year 5 stars
10/05/99 Bozo polley asks 'paper or plastic' and i am completely mesmerized...great flick 5 stars
9/27/99 Brian A good watch.Promising first script from August.Liman's direction is dead-on, as always. 4 stars
9/25/99 vickie Really great. Especially, Mohr and Wolf. 5 stars
9/25/99 Aaron B. great movie. Very good directing and writing esp the part with Adam and Zack 5 stars
9/24/99 babe my boyfriend ejaculated on me during the movie 5 stars
9/23/99 Mark Dainty A true gem of a movie, like finding money down the back of the sofa. 5 stars
9/22/99 Jon Doc JTR, you gave away every plot point, shithead, you suck at reviews. 3 stars
9/20/99 Weird Andy ...away! 1 stars
9/06/99 Matthew Bartley Very,very cool 4 stars
9/05/99 The Bomb 69 great writing and acting make a good movie great 5 stars
9/03/99 Tristynn This was a bad movie...boring as all hell.. 2 stars
8/25/99 Stevie Ray uh, can we say Pulp Fiction rip-off? Shallow, dumb characters... annoying and bland movie 1 stars
8/23/99 MRHOLLYWOOD !! Tries really hard and just gets there! the soundtrack makes the movie! 4 stars
8/20/99 Steve Very Cool 5 stars
7/21/99 Charley GO-The best Movie Ever! 5 stars
6/30/99 PhilmPhreak Use your brain for a change - go see an intelligent movie - Go is that and entertaining, to 5 stars
6/28/99 Stevo Bashakus Some cool parts, but painfully 'hip & trendy' - there's no real risk here. 3 stars
6/26/99 David Ambitious, teriffically exciting. Very hard to blink your eyes during the 100 min run time. 5 stars
6/21/99 Sher Dont pass Go, please collect $200... 5 stars
6/04/99 The Graduate A little too self-consciously "hip" and "clever." Trust me, it's no Pulp Fiction. 3 stars
5/30/99 Christine Loved it, man! 5 stars
5/22/99 Randall This is a real film, a rarity in hollywood 5 stars
5/03/99 JJ It's like the Twilight Zone or something, the movie sucked but everyone loved it!!?? 2 stars
4/28/99 Snowball Pretty good, Best part was the dude on ex 4 stars
4/27/99 Bushman Note to movie studios: here's how you make a GOOD film on our generation. 5 stars
4/27/99 Bluntman A "tantra" style movie. 5 stars
4/26/99 Mr Showbiz An adrenaline fueled joyride about Gen-Y slackers in crisis. 5 stars
4/22/99 Genna Babe Desmond Askew is an A+ sexy bloke... right on, what a coolio movie! 5 stars
4/20/99 Katie This movie rocked! Really well-written with great performances. Sarah Polley is awesome! 5 stars
4/19/99 Nightwing007 Great film. SARAH POLLEY RULES!! 5 stars
4/19/99 Motormouthgirl What a WILD ride! 5 stars
4/19/99 agustin worth it 5 stars
4/18/99 Meg Liman is a great director and visionary 5 stars
4/17/99 Minna The movie was good, but the Vegas sex could be cut out--it was like watching a porn. Nasty 3 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson The name for this movie should have been, "The Opposite of Funny" 2 stars
4/15/99 Cherry Taye Diggs and Desmond Askew bring the movie to another level than the TV stars would have 4 stars
4/14/99 Babycakes fluff teen film?? I don't think so!!! 5 stars
4/14/99 Rodger Me gusta! Hot. Quick. Great entertainment. 5 stars
4/13/99 Cass Freakin best movie I've seen in years! Hard core, smart humor! Vegas scenes kicks ass! 5 stars
4/13/99 Ah Dooey like the rating sez - worth a look 4 stars
4/12/99 Randall Love that holms chich, great film, not perfect, but really cool 4 stars
4/12/99 *** awesome! 5 stars
4/12/99 Kenda Scott Wolf and Jay Mohr are great. Timothy Olyphant and Sarah Polley are great.Great movie. 5 stars
4/11/99 Michael Grimm gay soap opera stars, eeewwwww!!! 1 stars
4/11/99 Tristynn Scott Wolf.. shame on you.. ahhh. save me from these fluff teen flicks 1 stars
4/11/99 Ian Nathanson Alright I loved "Swingers" I loved Pulp Fiction, but you can't combine the 2 .2 many clones 3 stars
4/10/99 TJwills Great damn movie. The scenes in Vegas take the cake, 5 stars
4/08/99 Big Jimmy haven't seen it yet, but I've seen Katie Holmes in the previews, what else do I need? 5 stars
4/07/99 Adam Carey A bit predictable, but freaking hilarious. 4 stars
4/03/99 E Rashomon on drugs--literally. 4 stars
4/03/99 Dirty Dave Capone this movie rocked, i masturbated to it at the premiere in LA 5 stars
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  09-Apr-1999 (R)


  19-Aug-1999 (MA)

Directed by
  Doug Liman

Written by
  John August

  Timothy Olyphant
  Sarah Polley
  William Fichtner
  Jay Mohr
  Katie Holmes
  Scott Wolf

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