Go (1999) / Comedy-Thriller
MPAA Rated: R for strong drug content, sexuality, language and some violence
Running Time: 102 min.
Cast: Sarah Polley, Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf, Jay Mohr, Simon Baines
Director: Doug Liman
Screenplay: John August
Review published October 9, 1999
A young supermarket cashier needs to make some quick cash to pay her bills and is approached by two men to get some ecstasy for a party they are throwing. The two men are really TV stars who were busted for drugs and are being used by an undercover cop to bust the dealer the cashier gets her drugs from. The cashier's boss heads out to Vegas with some friends, but after shooting a bouncer they are on the run for their lives. Three separate stories, but they are all linked by one night, their lives crossing many times.
Basically, it's PULP FICTION-lite. Probably more polished than it's predecessor, though not nearly as profound, in the "bad-ass baddies whose stories are told out of time but linked together to form a wild and crazy ride" genre, but it has a spirit and comic tone all it's own. None of the characters may be anyone to root for, but they are fun to watch nonetheless in their stupidity. The direction by Doug Limon (SWINGERS) is first-rate, while the script by John August is top-drawer with many funny moments. The only downside to the film is the occasional attempts to be too hip for it's own good, spawning a few weak moments, but there's definitely more hit than miss in this fun and wild adventure.
©1999 Vince Leo