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PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

The story takes place involving three different people who all work together in the same supermarket over the 24 hour period leading up to Christmas. Ronna (Sarah Polley) is broke and about to be evicted from her apartment. Despite having worked for 14 hours, she agrees to take her British co-worker Simon’s (Desmond Askew) shift. While working, she’s approached by two men, Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr), who ask if she can come up with 20 hits of ecstasy, which they were hoping to buy from Simon. Realizing she can make some money from the deal, she goes to Simon’s dealer Todd Gaines (Timothy Olyphant). Because she doesn’t have enough money, Ronna has to leave her friend and co-worker Claire (Katie Holmes) with Todd until she makes her deal. Once she tries to make the deal, she grows suspicious when Burke (William Fichtner), a person she never met before and who is with Adam and Zack, presses her for the drugs. In a panic, she flushes the drugs down the toilet and manages to get out. Ronna then swaps the pills she flushed with aspirin pills she steals with the help of Mannie (Nathan Bexton), Ronna and Claire’s friend (and also co-worker in the supermarket), who had swallowed two of the pills without knowing their strength. Ronna hands off the pills to Todd and she, Claire and Mannie make their way to a rave party. Todd soon realizes that he’s been given fake pills and goes after Ronna. Mannie sees Todd coming and Ronna hides Mannie when he starts to become sick. In the parking lot of the party Todd confronts Ronna, but before he can shoot her a car runs her over and dumps her off the side of a small cliff, leaving her fate unknown.

The story then flashes back to Simon, who is going to Las Vegas with his three friends Marcus (Taye Diggs), Tiny (Breckin Meyer), and Singh (James Duval). Singh and Tiny get food poisoning from shrimp, leaving Simon and Marcus to their own devices. Simon crashes a wedding and has sex with two of the bridesmaids before their room accidentally catches fire. Marcus and Simon leave the hotel, getting into the car of someone who thought Marcus was a parking attendant. In the car, Simon finds a 9mm gun and begins playing with it, but terrifies Marcus since, being British, he doesn’t know how to handle firearms. Marcus and Simon go to The Crazy Horse, a strip club, where Simon first orders a lap dance (using Todd’s credit card as security for payment), then enrages the bouncer Victor Jr. (Jimmy Shubert) when he grabs one of the strippers. Simon shoots Victor Jr. in the arm and he and Marcus flee. Knowing that they don’t have much time, Marcus and Simon make their way back to the hotel (after the owner of the car they were in activates an alarm, preventing them from using it) and with Singh and Tiny barely make their escape from the bouncer and the bouncer’s father, Victor Sr. (J. E. Freeman), the owner of the club. However, Simon forgot that he left Todd’s credit card at the club, which Victor Sr. uses to track down where Todd lives.

The story flashes back a third time, this time focusing on Adam and Zack. They are actors in a daytime soap opera, and are secretly gay and in a relationship. Because of a small drug deal they got caught in, they agree to work for Burke, a police detective. Adam is fitted with a wire. Finding out that Simon, their usual dealer, isn’t there, they improvise and convince Ronna to come up with the drugs. When Ronna shows up, Zack whispers “Go” into Ronna’s ear, which is when she decides to go to the bathroom to flush the pills away. After the unsuccessful bust, Burke invites Adam and Zack to a Christmas dinner his wife is making. At Burke’s house, Adam and Zack observe strange behavior from Burke (who, completely naked, shows off his bed to Zack) and Burke’s wife Irene (Jane Krakowski) (who tries to come on to Adam in the kitchen). Burke then make a pitch for his company, an Amway-type company (which Burke vigorously denies is anything like Amway). Adam and Zack then leave and when they start talking about each of them cheating on the other with the same person, Jimmy, they both decide to confront Jimmy who is at the rave party. Having cut off Jimmy’s hair, the two leave and accidentally run over Ronna, speeding off when they see Todd’s gun. In a gas station, Adam realizes he is still wearing his wire. Fearing that they may be found out for running a woman over, they drive back and eventually find Ronna still alive. They prop her up on a car and set the car alarm off, watching from a distance as other party-goers call for an ambulance.

Claire goes to a restaurant where she hoped to meet up with Mannie and Ronna and sees Todd instead. Claire starts talking to Todd and the two soon go back to Todd’s apartment building. While making out on the stairs, they are confronted by Victor Jr. and Sr. Todd offers Simon’s address, but Simon walks in just then, having hoped to hide out for a few days. As a form of ‘justice’, Victor Sr. orders his son to shoot Simon in the arm. Disgusted, Claire walks out, hears a gunshot, then Simon yell, “It’s alright, I’m okay”! Ronna wakes up in the hospital and hobbles back to the supermarket, where Claire is also working. Realizing she left Mannie behind, Ronna and Claire go back to the parking lot of the rave party where they find a pale and shaken Mannie. The three of them go to Ronna’s car, with Ronna musing that she has at least enough money to pay her rent, and Mannie asking what they’ll be doing for New Year’s.

REVIEW:

One day I was looking up films that would be considered quintessential 90s nostalgia. The usual suspects were on there including Clueless, Empire Records, Mallrats, etc., but a film that I had not seen or heard of, Go, made the list and ever since then, I’ve been curious. Let’s have a little look at this flick, shall we?

What is this about?

In director Doug Liman’s fast-paced follow-up to Swingers, events conspire to bring together — in unexpected ways — a disparate group of characters as a day in their intertwining Gen-X lives plays out

What did I like?

School of Tarantino. With the intertwining stories and the way they are presented, it is very easy to see the similarities between this and Quentin Tarnatino’s masterpiece, Pulp Fiction. To some degree, you could even say that this is a teen/young adult version of that same film. I’m not so sure I would go that far, but I can see the correlation. The comparison aside, this is perhaps one of the best homages, whether it was on purpose or not, to the work of Tarantino.

Rave on. In my *COUGH* younger days *COUGH*, I made my way to a few raves. In the 90s, it seems as if any chance you could get to put a rave into film, it was done. The best example is the opening scene of Blade, of course, but this weird “Marry Christmas” rave was a bit interesting, to say the least. These are young people, so it makes sense to show what young people do, rather than having them sit at school or work waxing philosophic.

Before Tom. This may seem like forever and day for some, if not all, of us, but there was a time when Katie Holmes was a cute, sweet, and innocent young actress with nothing but her future ahead of her. That was before she met Tom Cruise and everything crashed and burned. I am amazed to watch her in at this young age, because it is quite obvious that the girl has talent, but her proverbial candle was nearly doused by the shroud of Cruise and nutjob religion. For most of the film, she seems like a secondary character, but the last act she gets to show off some chops and boy does she shine. It is almost as if she is too good for this little black comedy.

What didn’t I like?

Polly want a cracker? It is odd that the first segment of this film, which is also the segment that is the plot of the film, if you think about, is the weakest of the three. Sarah Polley does not come off as a strong actress to me, or a headstrong, rebellious teenager. Rather, she exudes “why am I here”, which is good for when she’s working as a clerk, but for the rest of the film, it just didn’t work for me. Also, there were too many questions left unanswered, such as why was the British guy selling drugs? How does she know Timothy Olyphant’s character? Who are these two guys that randomly came into the store (which gets answered later in the film). Maybe I was just expecting too much, though.

Hitman. One of the general consensus around is that Timothy Olyphant is one of the most underrated actors. Looking at his body of work, it isn’t hard to see why people think so. Sure he does some goofy stuff, then he’ll turn around and do something more on the serious side, like his character here. Being that this is early in his career, I really can’t fault him for taking the part, but it is so obvious that he is above this sort of role. Making it worse is that mostly all he did was sit in the apartment with his shirt off. Who wants to see that?!?

Just go with it. During the last segment, we learn that the two guys who came into the store are actors who are in a homosexual relationship. This is further hinted at when Jay Mohr’s character encounters William Fichtner butt naked. Here’s the thing, though. At the time this was made, gay story lines weren’t as readily accepted as they are now. I give props for showing a guy on guy kiss, but I feel as if they wanted to go further and deeper with this storyline. I wish they would have. Well, the same goes for all the plots, truthfully.

In conclusion, Go is actually a halfway decent film. The second segment had me cracking up and wanting more of the interaction among the guys, and perhaps even more of Taye Diggs. The rest of the film is hit or miss and not really worth talking about, other than just about everyone from this flick went on to bigger and better things. Do I recommend it? No, but if you come across it while flipping through the channels one day, it won’t hurt if you decide to check it out.

3 1/3 out of 5 stars

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