Get Shorty
Get Shorty (1995)

A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job. Based on Elmore Leonards' 1990 novel of the same name.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 27, 1997
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86%
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70%



Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Ansen
Newsweek

Hollywood has been in love with mobsters since the beginning of movies. But the other side of the equation has seldom been considered. That is, until now.

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Time Out

Everything clicks.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A pleasing satire on gangsters, hustlers and Hollywood.

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Variety Staff
Variety

A drolly offbeat look at Hollywood mores dedicated to the proposition that the best preparation for becoming a film producer is a stint in the criminal underworld.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

It's part of the joke here that Chili is a die-hard cineaste and loves reminiscing about smart, stylish tough-guy films he has enjoyed. Get Shorty belongs on that list.

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Film4

A freewheeling comedy-thriller with the gift of the gab.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

An entertaining comedy-thriller adapted by Scott Frank from the Elmore Leonard best-seller and directed with bounce (if not much nuance) by Barry Sonnenfeld.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

It's Travolta -- smooth, commanding, handsome as ever, a cool, rhythmic bop in his walk -- who owns the film.

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Harlan Jacobson
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This Hollywood is the one we want to believe exists: no film school snots here, no MBA's, no dock-worker philosophers-turned-screenwriters. Just a town full of second-rate swindlers where a clear-eyed racketeer can keep his eye on the ball and rise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
Miami gangster and film buff discovers Hollywood work is not that much different than work in the Mob, thank goodness. Travolta has fun playing a mobster… More
Conner Rainwater
Get Shorty is probably the best example of a Gangster Comedy that I can think of. It has a great plot, interesting and bizarre characters, but mostly it does… More
Melvin White
Chili Palmer: Rough business, this movie business. I'm gonna have to go back to loan-sharking just to take a rest. After watching Get Shorty it seems… More
Shawn Ewing
I found this movie to be lacking in all aspects. Sure the acting was decent but it's still a boring film to be watched once, then never again.
Dead Angel
Liked the ending but the movie itself was not that entertaining.
Lewis C.
Am I missing something? Get Shorty seems like a Tarantino rip-off in almost every way. The characters (though not as good). the music (though not NEARLY as… More

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