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Derivative and yet incredibly fresh, Go grabs you and never lets go until the final credits roll.  

Tarantinoesque in approach, Go follows the adventures and perspectives of three sets of characters, then ties it all up in the end. The story opens in a L.A. grocery store with Ronna (sullenly played by Sarah Polley) delivering the immortal line: "Paper or plastic?"  

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Her English co-worker, Simon (Desmond Askew) asks Ronna to take his shift so he can go on a much-anticipated jaunt to Las Vegas. Her "yes" propels the film on a wild ride. During Simon's shift, actors Zack (Jay Mohr) and Adam (Scott Wolf) mistake Ronna for a supplier of the drug Ecstasy -- seems Simon's been padding his paycheck by scoring drugs. Ronna makes the deal, then sets off with fellow clerks Claire (Katie Holms) and Mannie (Nathan Bexton) to make the connection.  

Short of cash, Ronna leaves Claire as collateral with Simon's connection, Todd (Timothy Olyphant), while she and Mannie race to Adam and Zack for the sale. Once there, she senses a set-up, flushes the pills down the toilet and flees. Rather than face Todd without drugs or money, Ronna fills the empty Ecstasy bottle with aspirin and passes it off as the real thing. Reclaiming Claire, they escape to a rave, one of the film's connecting points. 

The film careens backwards in time to pick up Simon's tale, the nastiest and funniest of the group. Bad shrimp, bridesmaids in heat (literally!), lap dancers and the car chase from hell will have you rolling. Never has Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" seemed more appropriate.  

Then we go back to the grocery store for the story of Adam and Zack. Pressed into service as narcs, they get more than they bargain for from Officer Burke (William Fichtner) and his wife Irene (Jane Krakowski). After a bizarre family dinner, the two make their way to the rave where they again meet Ronna -- head on. 

Everything about this movie works. To a person, the actors dazzle. Party of Five's Wolf shows a flair for comedy. Taye Diggs loses the Jamaican accent from How Stella Got Her Groove Back and shines as Simon's only friend with a brain. Sarah Polley makes you care about her character, especially in her priceless give and take with dealers, customers and friends.

 But the breakout actor is Desmond Askew. Slight, with thinning red hair, one wouldn't think he'd come off that well on film. But the glint in his eye proves unbelievably wild and sexy and just plain fun. He invites the audience in on his good time and you can't help but follow. 

Director Doug Liman gave Go some great touches. The hallucinatory macarena, Todd's mind-reading cat, the unlikeliest of car chases and the best use of a soundtrack in ages combine to provide the viewer an incredibly good time. If that's derivative, give us more. 

Joan Fuchsman

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A new reader sending a note to say I liked the idea of having two reviews of Go. Joan's especially made me wish I had seen it already. Now I just gotta see it.

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