Finally! After waiting 14 months and even talking with Lou Taylor Pucci myself a week ago at SXSW, one of my favorite films of Sundance 2007 - The Go-Getter - is getting a theatrical release. The film follows Pucci as a teenager who takes a roadtrip through the west after his mother dies, but there's a lot more to it than that. It's painful to see such an incredible film like this get lost for so long, but now the time has come for it to make its grand debut. Peace Arch Entertainment will be releasing The Go-Getter on June 6th this summer in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.
To give you an idea of how great The Go-Getter really is, it was featured on our Best 19 Movies You Didn't See in 2007 list, ranked #3 on my Best of the Fest from Sundance 07, and even got its own article dedicated to why no one had picked up this gem after the fest had ended. You can also read my 8.5/10 review from Sundance. From my article asking why it hasn't been picked up: "Out of all the films I saw there (31 in total), these were two I didn't want to forget. And more importantly, I want to share them with everyone who wasn't at Sundance."
The Go-Getter is a coming of age road trip story starring Lou Taylor Pucci as Mercer, a teen who steals a car and sets off on a journey to find his long-lost brother after their mother dies. However, the story really develops as Mercer builds a relationship between himself and the car's owner, Kate (played by Zooey Deschanel), via telephone. In addition to some fantastic performances, the film also features some of the best experimental and most interesting cinematography of all of Sundance. There is a gritty, washed-out style to most of it, yet it's very colorful and very unique.
The film is written and directed by Martin Hynes, best known for playing George Lucas in the short film George Lucas in Love. The incredible soundtrack features music from M. Ward, Elliott Smith and The Replacements. It connects perfectly with the college-aged demographic just like Garden State and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind did. The most I can do is encourage everyone to take an interest in this because even after 14 months I'm still supporting it.
So if you live in New York, Los Angeles, or Toronto, mark it down in your calendars now - June 6th! I'm crossing my fingers hoping that it will expand to more markets after its debut, but that will only happen if it plays well in those cities. Hopefully we'll be able to show you a trailer in the coming months as well. Special thanks to The Playlist for announcing the release date.
Now we've just got to see if The Good Life, my other favorite from Sundance, can get picked up, too!