Canadian Film Fest 2018: The Go-Getters

Two lowlifes try to scam their way into $98 for bus money in The Go-Getters. Owen (Aaron Abrams) is a deadbeat drunk, who is bunking in the boiler room of the bar owned by his brother Kevin (Kristian Bruun). Owen crosses paths with junkie hooker Lacie (Tommie-Amber Pirie) and despite the fact that they can’t stand each other, they both come up with a plan to travel to Lacie’s hometown of Brockville for a new life. However, the problem is that the bus fare costs $98 and both of them are broke.

The Go-Getters is the latest film from director Jeremy LaLonde (Sex After Kids. How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town) and its a comedy about two Toronto lowlifes, who want to raise the money to get out of the city by any means necessary. The film is co-written by and stars Aaron Abrams (Hannibal) as Owen, who would do anything for a quick buck. He is joined by Lacie, played by Jeremy LaLonde regular Tommie-Amber Pirie, who is an extremely potty-mouthed hooker wanting to get away from her pimp and drug-dealer Cerebral Paulie (James Cade).

While The Go-Getters have a relatively simple plot of two lowlifes trying to scam for money, the film ends up being quite entertaining thanks to the chemistry between Aaron Abrams and Tommie-Amber Pirie. Owen and Lacie try every scheme possible to earn money for their bus fare, with the plans often backfiring in hilarious fashion. With a stacked cast that includes Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black), Christine Horne (Hyena Road), Amy Jo Johnson (Power Rangers), and Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall), The Go-Getters is a comedy that I quite recommend.

8 / 10 stars
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