Go Movie Review


Go Movie Review
J. E. Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, and Katie Holmes, prepare for a show in, Go


One interconnected story is shown from three sets of different perspectives about a drug deal, a trip to Las Vegas, and a sting operation, all gone awry. I saw this film at my local drive-in back in 1999, while Hollywood was still on a Pulp Fiction kick about non-linear storytelling. To this day, Go is a movie that entertains me from start to finish. I find myself mimicking the dialogue, grooving to the songs, and laughing at something every minute or so.

The storytelling is exuberantly presented and edited. There's not much let up. It goes so quickly at times, that if you didn't get a partial rehash of things more than once, you might lose your bearings. Regardless, something fun comes from around the corner before you know it.

After many viewings, I still anticipate the arrival of any and all of the characters, even if some of their parts are extremely short. The Ronna segment, is the most serious and substantial of Go's three separate parts. Led by Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead 2004), the Ronna segment introduces most of the other actors and makes you care more for her than anyone else.

This girl is playing with fire to get her rent paid, and we know something bad is going to happen because of it. Funny thing is, her comeuppance is as comical as it is tragic. This is a dark comedy that never really goes as far over the line as it does to pull itself back. Which in retrospect, shows me that Go is a safe comedy that has no true casualties. Same thing with segment two, named "Simon"; A trip to Vegas that goes from a hilarious set of legendary circumstances, to a crash filled exodus from there. That was the fun only segment. Then there's the third; named "Adam and Zack", which is shorter than the other two and tries to go back between serious and comical.

Scott Wolf (Party of Five) and Jay Mohr (Jerry Maguire) are capable enough for their scenes as the title characters, however they don't hold a candle to William Fichtner's (Drive Angry) narcotics officer. He is an uncomfortable balance of intimidation and hidden agendas that always leaves me laughing with a WTF?! look on my face. Once that's over, everything else is tied up with an off-centered bow. During the film, actors like Katie Holmes (Batman Begins), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Taye Diggs (The Best Man), Breckin Meyer (Road Trip), and J.E. Freeman (Miller's Crossing), show up and give this film its appeal.

Highs- Olyphant's charismatic drug dealer, Mannie's "Macarena" trip, Polley pushes fake ecstasy, "Tantra baby!", "You had sex with two women?", Vic Sr.'s "falls on his ass" speech, the awkward Amway dinner, arm for an arm, and "It's a Miata!".

Lows- Diggs' character was a bit too educated and full of himself to be amongst such types of friends. and there isn't as much pep in the third segment as with the others.

Go is a fun comedy that I still watch at least twice a year. It should have made more money than it did, but that's what I'm here for; To blow up semi-ignored films from the past and reinvigorate them for today. Look closely for a quick scene of Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) before she was big (acting wise). And lastly, any movie that ends with No Doubt's song "New", is a keeper. Go and see this.
Rating- 8.0 out of 10

Go (1999)
R | 1h 42min | Comedy, Crime | 9 April 1999 (USA)
Go! tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.

Director: Doug Liman
Writer: John August
Stars: Sarah Polley, Jay Mohr, Scott Wolf