The Go-Getter

2007 R 1h 33m DVD

The Go-Getter

2007 R 1h 33m DVD
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After the death of his mother, 19-year-old Mercer steals a car and sets out to find his long-lost half brother. As he steers out of town, the car's owner, Kate, calls the cell phone left inside, but she's oddly empathetic to Mercer's plight.
Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone
Martin Hynes
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that even though this indie dramedy has a fairly good heart, it's full of iffy adult behavior like sex, theft, and drugs. The film begins with the main character stealing a car and proceeds to include plenty of talk about sex (including an interlude on the set of a porn film), strong language ("f--k" and many derivations thereof), drinking, smoking, and more. Teens who are into alternative music may be interested in the film since it marks the first collaboration of hipster musician M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel, who've since released an album together, but if they watch, be prepared to talk about the characters' conduct.

Sexual Content

Kissing, underwear-clad making out, sheet-shielded sex, suggestive dancing, much discussion of a character's "first time." A female character relates how she's "shaved down there." A character stumbles into a pornographic film shoot, where there are discussions of sex and other acts, including anal intercourse.


Some scuffling and shoving; punches are thrown; a gun and a knife are brandished. A cowboy-themed dream sequence results in bloody wounds.


Language includes "f--k," "motherf--ker," ""f--k-ass," "s--t," "dick," "hell," "bitch," and more.

Social Behavior

The lead character steals a car to embark on a road trip; a budding pornographer discusses his theories of art and sex.


The only brand mentioned by name is K-Y Jelly (used to help elderly person remove rings stuck on fingers).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarette smoking; a character smokes marijuana; wine, beer and liquor are drunk; two character take Ecstasy; a character takes the prescriptions from his mother's dying bedside, although it's never stated what they are or what happens to them.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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