Review: The Go-Getters is a consciously grubby microbudget comedy thats very funny

THE GO-GETTERS (Jeremy LaLonde). 83 minutes. Opens Friday (December 7). See listing. Rating: NNNNThe Go-Getters arrives in theatres just after.


THE GO-GETTERS (Jeremy LaLonde). 83 minutes. Opens Friday (December 7). See listing. Rating: NNNN

The Go-Getters arrives in theatres just after TIFF announced the honoured titles in Canadas Top Ten. It is not on that list, but I get the feeling it wouldnt want to be. Its not the sort of movie that wants to be accepted.

The Go-Getters is a consciously grubby microbudget comedy from director Jeremy LaLonde, whose credits include the ensemble comedies Sex After Kids and How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town, and a dozen or so episodes of Baroness Von Sketch Show. Its raucous and messy and kind of feral, if you want to know the truth. Its also very, very funny.

The movie follows the misadventures of two absolutely terrible people: shiftless drunk Owen (Aaron Abrams, who co-wrote the film with Brendan Gall) and perpetually angry sex worker Lacie (Tommie-Amber Pirie). They hate each other on sight, but they hate Toronto more, so they form a grudging alliance to raise the $98 that will get them out of town for good.

Mayhem follows.

I am obliged to point out director LaLonde is a friend, as are most of the people in his movie the Toronto film circle is pretty small. But I can honestly say Piries pint-sized Wolverine act and Abramss willingness to be beaten to a pulp in the service of a laugh are oddly complementary, and shouldnt be missed.

And for extra points, The Go-Getters features a supporting cast of local comedy ringers that includes Kristian Bruun, Christine Horne, Scott Thompson, Jessica Greco, Suresh John, Jonas Chernick and Abramss Blindspot buddy Ennis Esmer, who really seems to enjoy being the reasonable character this time around.

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