Saturday, January 13, 2007

Movie Review: Go 3 ½ Stars

Swingers director Doug Liman attacks his sophomore effort with what seems like the same reckless fun exhibited by the characters in Go. But Liman’s intentions are, indeed, calculated; he knows when to exercise restraint. The results are rollicking good time through the hipper-than-thou world of young Hollywood.

18-year-old grocery store cashier Ronna (Sarah Polley) is desperate for cash. When her co-worker, Simon (Desmond Askew), a sometime drug dealer, heads out for Vegas and two TV stars, Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr) come calling, Ronna decides to score 20 hits of ecstacy for them. She and pal Claire (Katie Holmes) pay a visit to Todd (Timothy Olyphant), Simon’s supplier.

In the meantime, Simon, his buddy, Marcus (Taye Diggs) and several other pals have a Vegas excursion that includes grand theft auto, murder, hotel fires and three-way sex. Back in Los Angeles, Zack and Adam are engaged in their own misadventures, including a creepy encounter with a cop (William Fichtner) and his gorgeous wife (Jane Krakowski).

The parallel story lines and shifting narrative work brilliantly in Go, thanks to a tightly-woven script from John August, evenhanded direction from Limon and a terrific cast of young actors. Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf put in especially notable performances as the gay TV co-stars.

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