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Starring: Katie Holmes, Sarah Polley
Director: Doug Liman
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1999
Rating: 3 / 5

It is not often the case when I exit a movie having thoroughly enjoyed myself, despite the fact that the film I just viewed was anything but memorable. Sure, we all enjoy our campy favorites (see Airplane! for details), but sometimes we find ourselves immersed in a story that should in no way command our attention. Such was the case when I viewed Go, a 1999 comedy by Doug Liman. This film, starring Generation X stars like Katie Holmes, Desmond Askew, and Scott Wolf, veers towards downright funny after the film's first twenty minutes, yet I was unable to shake the feeling that the film had been done before. It was not until I walked from the theatre that I had my answer: Go is merely a younger, not-quite-as-hip version of Pulp Fiction. Faced with that unenviable comparison, Go invariably came up short.

Go whisks the viewer through the electric Los Angles nightlife, as seen through the eyes of three recent high school graduates working at a local supermarket. Ronna Martin (Sarah Polley) is about to be evicted from her apartment, yet a golden opportunity is tossed her way when co-worker Simon Baines (Askew) offers her some extra shifts at the supermarket. She needs the cash badly, and he needs to meet his buddies in Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and debauchery. While working one of these extra shifts, Ronna meets Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zach (Jay Mohr), two gents looking to get hooked up with some "action" for the evening. Sensing another financial gold mine, Ronna strikes a deal with these two men, and is soon shuttling off to Simon's drug dealer to work on a side project of her own.

All the stories of the film diverge from this point, as we see Ronna attempt to solve her money woes while enjoying "Mary Sex-mas" at a party on the outskirts of town. We are allowed to follow Claire (Holmes), another of Ronna's co-workers, as she, too, finds her self heading for the trendy rave. This secluded warehouse also welcomes Zach and Adam, both looking to unwind after their rather adventurous day. Meanwhile, Simon has his own hands full in Las Vegas, courtesy of a pair of escorts at a local casino. An incident with a loaded firearm leads Simon and friends to flee Vegas, with a couple of seedy characters hot on their trail. This pursuit leads back to Simon's drug dealing pal, and it allows the four tales to seamlessly intersect.

Once past Ronna's rather uninspiring tale, the movie moves along rather briskly, with tons of laughs arising from Adam & Zach's outlandish plight. Still, I found the plot device rather unoriginal, as the four tales were brought together in much the same fashion as those in Pulp Fiction. The film did not take place entirely in chronological order, and, though each character had his own story to tell, the other characters in the film glided in and out of each separate tale. As movies worthy of imitating go, Pulp Fiction does rank rather high, yet I could not help but consider it an inferior version of Quentin Tarantino's original. Few of the actors really distinguished themselves in this film, though Wolf and Mohr were rather funny in their roles as film actors forced into community service. The film comes across as a very entertaining video rental option, although its value in terms of repeat viewings is minimal. Watch this movie without taking it too seriously, and it can be a pleasant surprise; expect something new and innovative, and the experience will bring an entertaining evening to a grinding stop.

Cast:
Katie Holmes..........Claire Montgomery
Sarah Polley..........Ronna Martin
Desmond Askew..........Simon Baines
Scott Wolf..........Adam
Jay Mohr..........Zach

Certification: Rated R for language and sexuality.
Running Time: 103 minutes.

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