Go (1999)

Doug Liman’s comedy-of-sorts is like a junior version of “Pulp Fiction.” It has the same knack with multiple concurrent character arcs, dark humor, terrific ensemble acting, and it follows the same multiple-perspectives-of-the-same-event flow of Quentin Tarantino’s classic. However, that isn’t to suggest that “Go” is a rip-off, because every minute of this hilarious and engrossing cult classic is original, vivacious and full of life, thanks largely to crisp writing and first-rate acting. Upon original release this was Canadian child star Sarah Polley’s American breakthrough, and she couldn’t be a better choice as Ronna: She’s resourceful, intelligent and fiercely independent, occasionally recalling a young Jodie Foster throughout the movie. She’s also surrounded by some truly extraordinary co-stars, like Taye Diggs (who radiates movie star energy throughout), Timothy Olyphant (who makes a strong impression from the first frame he’s in), and best of all, the charismatic duo of Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf, who share such vivid onscreen chemistry that it’s easy to forget that they’re not actually an offscreen couple. It’s the sort of movie that people either love or haven’t heard of, and it’s worth the 100-minute time investment for film fans.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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