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Pretty Bad: 8.02%
Total Crap: 3.09%

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by Rob Gonsalves

"Okay 'Pulp' wannabe."
4 stars

We've all had the experience -- whether we admit it or not -- of being in a place we shouldn't be, with people we'd rather not be with.

Usually the situation is harmless -- a bad party, a sleazy dive -- but our brains still go into overdrive: What am I doing here? I don't like these people. I don't even know where we are. This could get ugly. I wish I were home in bed right now. And some movies excel at evoking this mood of ominous disorientation -- the Zed-and-Maynard scene in Pulp Fiction, the prolonged drug-deal scene in Boogie Nights, the Pink Room sequence in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

Go, directed by Doug Liman (Swingers), sustains this mood for pretty much its whole running time. The title, in fact, suggests both the reckless impulse to get into dangerous situations and the terrified impulse to get out. Every time a character has figured out the situation, it shifts or disintegrates, and Liman and screenwriter John August pile calamity on top of calamity. Set in L.A., the capitol of drifting randomness, Go is like watching a daydream morph into a nightmare and then back again. The movie isn't great; it's less a wild ride than an antic ride, and it's too derivative of not only Tarantino but Richard Linklater (the movie unfolds within a 24-hour period). Still, this fluffy confection is tasty enough.

The movie, like Pulp Fiction, tells three interlocking stories, all of which begin in the back room of a supermarket. Disgruntled check-out clerk Ronna (Sarah Polley) needs some quick cash or she'll be evicted. Ronna's British co-worker Simon (Desmond Askew) offers his shift to her, so that he can head to Las Vegas with three buddies. Two actors, Zack (Jay Mohr) and Adam (Scott Wolf), come to the supermarket looking for Simon, who usually hooks them up with some ecstasy. Instead they find Ronna, who sees a chance for even quicker cash and offers to get the drugs for them. With her friend Claire (Katie Holmes), Ronna enters the lair of Simon's drug-dealer associate Todd (Timothy Olyphant), a tattooed slimeball who is nevertheless so open about his amorality that one character even calls him "the only person I've met tonight who isn't fake."

That's the basic set-up, and I can't reveal any more; other reviewers have likewise tiptoed around the plot's twists and turns, which are the movie's main currency. I can sketch and suggest, though. The first act is somewhat lackluster, though I began to feel the film turning around when the cat made its funny appearance. The second act, involving Simon's misadventures in Las Vegas, is an escalating comedy of errors in which the fun is in spotting every oversight and mistake that will pile up and come back to haunt the characters. There's also a great Kleenex gag and a nice bit with a shrewd little boy. The third act, with Zack and Adam visiting a couple with mysterious motives (the hilarious William Fichtner and Jane Krakowski), is brilliant -- a Pulp Fiction scenario turned on its head.

Speaking of that movie, Go isn't quite in its league; it's just outside the ballpark, but at least it's the same sport. It's in there with Bottle Rocket and Suicide Kings -- a better-than-average Tarantinoid piece of cotton candy, spiked with the occasional splatter of blood or hit of coke. Go lacks the thematic weight of Pulp Fiction (and Tarantino's other films), which said that actions have consequences and loyalty is the finest virtue. In Go, actions don't have very big consequences; people make mistakes, get knocked down and shot, but keep on going.

The movie is fun but essentially meaningless. I don't mind Tarantinoid knock-offs as long as they have some spirit and some fresh acting (Polley, Mohr, and Fichtner are the stand-outs here), but I await the next movie that has the same originality and impact as 'Pulp Fiction,' but not the same plot, structure, or dialogue. I await the next Tarantino, not the next Tarantino clone.

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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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