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The film’s interwoven plots are barely worth mentioning. Go isn’t about story lines, it’s about partying, sex and drugs. Ronna needs rent money so she scores drugs for a couple of guys who turn out to be working for undercover cops. Party-animal Simon and his buddies head to Las Vegas for prostitutes, beer and gambling, in that order. A gay couple, Zack and Adam, turn out to be the guys working for the cops. Claire, placed in the background as a mopey wallflower for most of the film, ultimately finds her “fulfillment” by having sex on the stairs of a drug dealer’s apartment. A Christmas rave party serves as the central black hole of the film, drawing the various characters together.

Positive Elements: None.

Sexual Content: Details are too torrid to put in print here. However, incidents include a ménage à trois between Simon and two girls. It is interrupted by a fire set by one of the girls trying to light a bong. A strip club scene sets the stage for lingering images of topless dancing. The cameras follow Simon and his friend backstage where the two arrange for a private lap dance. More close-up nudity follows. A male police officer is shown naked from behind. The homosexual couple discusses in graphic detail whether or not a mutual lover was any good at oral sex. Two other gay men kiss. Crude dialogue about sex acts and crass sexual innuendo pervade a large portion of the movie. Go’s sexual assault goes on and on.

Violent Content: Ronna is chased with a gun by a drug dealer whom she double-crossed. Then she’s hit by Adam and Zack’s car and dumped in a ditch, left for dead. Remarkably, and inexplicably, she’s fine the next day aside from a slight limp. Simon shoots the strip club bouncer in the arm. In the ensuing car chase, Simon’s car is rammed in an alley, after which the bouncer’s vehicle flips upside-down. Later, the bouncer catches up with him, shooting him in the arm as payback. Punching, kicking, more shootings and threats with a tire iron and gun round out the graphic content.

Crude or Profane Language: Nearly 50 f-words cap the language problem this film exhibits. A young child even yells the f-word once. S-words, blasphemous references to God and Jesus and other sundry profanity also plagues Go.

Drug and Alcohol Content: The basic premise of Go revolves around how to score the hallucinogenic drug ecstasy for a rave party. Drug deals and drug use lie at the heart of the movie. Mannie takes too many x-tabs (ecstasy) and trips hard, ending up passed out among the garbage cans behind the party. He too is perfectly fine the next day, This furthers the film’s blatant glorification of drugs and the party culture by presenting an unrealistic lack of consequences. Mannie learns nothing from his near-death experience and is, in fact, eager to repeat it. Alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana are also prevalent.

Other Negative Elements: Racial slurs and gambling are par for the course. Ronna uses the fact that a police officer gave her alcohol (she’s a minor) as a way to get out of being busted for drug dealing.

Summary: A veritable manifesto on how teens can score drugs and sex in the underground party scene of Los Angeles. Script writers even sink so low as to elicit jokes at the expense of children to satisfy a warped sense of gutter humor. On one occasion, when asked by a child what they were doing in their hotel room, Simon and his pals jokingly tell him they are "raping little boys." Sick. TV ads bill Go as one of those "rare" films that define a generation. Don't believe it for a second. This reviewer has way too much confidence in teens to accept Go as their defining yardstick.

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Desmond Askew as Simon; Katie Holmes as Claire; Jay Mohr as Zack; Scott Wolf as his gay lover Adam; Sarah Polley as Ronna; Nathan Bexton as Mannie


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