Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf in 'Go'

Before director Doug Liman became a mainstream Hollywood name via 'The Bourne Identity,' action/rom-com hybrid 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' (bequeathing us moviedom's most fussed-over couple in the process), and recent marriage-politics drama 'Fair Game,' he helmed the nifty comedy/crime flick 'Go.' His third feature after the straight-to-video 'Getting In' and the funny, groovy 'Swingers' -- starring then then-unknowns Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn -- 'Go' was and remains a delightfully raw, unpredictable and entertaining movie.

Released in 1999, 'Go' came out a few years after 'Pulp Fiction' and was undoubtedly influenced by the latter's adrenaline-boosting, multi-plot narrative. But Liman's movie, based on John August's excellent screenplay, has an edgy humor and wild vitality all its own, in addition to atypical characters and performances from a mostly young, clearly inspired cast. With 'Take Me Home Tonight,' a movie that unfolds over the course of one night, opening this Friday, we can't help but think back to 'Go,' a classic of the genre.
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