A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this hip comedy with fun plot twists will interest teens, but it's meant for adult viewers. The plot revolves around drug use and graphic sexual situations and the film barely squeaks by with an R-rating. Characters are indifferent to each other's suffering. Two men accidentally hit someone with their car and drive away. They later return but only to hide the body.
What's the story?
A drug deal gone bad is the link for the three plotlines in GO. Ronna (Sarah Polley), is a 24-hour grocery checkout girl covering her co-worker Simon's (Desmond Askew) shift while he parties in Vegas with his best friend Marcus (Taye Diggs). An opportunity to make some much-needed rent money presents itself when a pair of soap opera actors involved in a sting operation appear at her register looking to "score" 20 hits of ecstasy. Much to the annoyance of her friends, Claire (Katie Holmes) and Mannie (Nathan Bexton), Ronna meets with Simon's intermediary dealer Todd (Timothy Olyphant) with the intent of buying his drugs then selling them to kids at a rave party. Leaving her friend as collateral, Ronna promises Todd that she will return with the money once the deal is made.
Is it any good?
Reminiscent of Pulp Fiction, Go borrows most of its narrative style from Quentin Tarantino. Several plot twists and turns ultimately reveal connections between the characters. A few laugh-out-loud scenes, a fantastic car chase, and solid acting make this fast-paced, action-packed movie entertaining, but its graphic nature makes it inappropriate for kids.
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- In theaters: April 7, 1999
- On DVD or streaming: August 24, 1999
- Cast: Jay Mohr, Katie Holmes, Sarah Polley
- Director: Doug Liman
- Studio: Columbia Tristar
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run time: 103 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: strong drug content, sexuality, language and some violence
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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