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January 6, 2013

Netflix Pick of the Week: The Go-Getter

by Mariah Schaefer

Information:

  • Independent Dramedy
  • Released 2007
  • 93 minutes
  • R

Directed By:

  • Martin Hynes

Starring:

  • Lou Taylor Pucci
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Jena Malone
  • Nick Offerman
  • M. Ward (cameo)

This very indie dramedy takes the viewer through the main character Mercer’s (Lou Taylor Pucci) journey of adventure and self-discovery. Eight and a half months after his mother’s death, Mercer decides it’s time to tell his half-brother Arlen (Jsu Garcia) about it. The problem is, Arlen lives very far away, and Mercer has no way to reach him. That all changes one day when Mercer heads to his high school in Eugene, Oregon on his bike and comes up with a plan. He pretends to work at a car wash and steals a customer’s car.

Oddly enough, Kate (Zooey Deschanel), the car’s owner, knows who Mercer is. She left her cellphone in her car and calls Mercer after his plan succeeds. She isn’t mad at him; she’s just intrigued. Mercer and Kate develop an unusual friendship while Mercer drives around the country trying to find his brother.

Watch the movie here.

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