Go Review

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Brit Simon (Askew), a supermarket employee who dabbles as a drug connection, exchanges shifts with financially-strapped and dog-tired Ronna (Polley), so he can head off to Las Vegas for a weekend of riotous fun while she raises cash to pay her rent. Ronna is approached by Adam (Wolf) and Zack (Mohr), soap opera actors who are hoping to score from Simon. This prompts her to seek out Simon's connection Todd (Olyphant) and get the drugs, leaving behind her reluctant friend Claire (Holmes) as collat


This post-Tarantino slice of LA lowlife certainly takes its cues from the structure and buzz of The Big Q but rejects his old movie/TV/pulp world for something approaching reality. Or reality as experienced by young, fringy, poor, fun-seeking Los Angelinos, anyway.

Like Pulp Fiction, Go strings three separate stories on a narrative thread, but it does a neater job of meshing them together. Three sets of characters live through the same night, colliding at specific junctures, and each story comes with a punchline that slingshots into a coda, tying everything off neatly as the survivors stagger dazed into the dawn.

The amorality over drugs and sex is pleasingly realistic, and although they're indulged in with catastrophic consequences (while having a stoned threesome, Simon and some bridesmaids ignore a Hotel fire they've started), the attractions are still not seen as evil in themselves. There are also several great comedy sequences, notably party guy Mannie (Nathan Bexton) who on too much E has a subtitled conversation with the dealer's cat which segues from light banter to sheer Horror ("You're going to die!"). Also clever are the multiple meanings wrung from the title, in the spirit of which, you're strongly urged to go see it.

It's a neatly contrived piece, with good performances from a likeable, mostly unfamiliar cast. Director Liman, of Swingers fame, and writer August weave the tapestry well, using a far-better-than-average rave score and not too many gimmicks to suggest the