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: October 20, 1995
DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a perfect cast and a sly twist on the usual Hollywood gangster dynamic, Get Shorty delivers a sharp satire that doubles as an entertaining comedy-thriller in its own right.

Carol Buckland

It's terrifically entertaining.

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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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A pleasing satire on gangsters, hustlers and Hollywood.

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David Ansen

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

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Variety Staff

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.

Harlan Jacobson
TV 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: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
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