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3.36

Awesome: 17.95%
Worth A Look38.46%
Average: 10.26%
Pretty Bad: 28.21%
Total Crap: 5.13%

2 reviews, 27 user ratings


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Get Shorty
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by Chris Parry

"Pulp Fiction for the simpleminded set."
2 stars

I never really understood what all the fuss was about when Get Shorty was released. I mean, sure, funny in bits. Entertaining enough, in a 'don't think too hard' kinda way. Theme song that was tough to get out of your head for a week or so. Big names all playing 'dumb-ass', Travolta playing wise-guy. It was all of 'okay'. But for some reason, a reason that nobody has been able to fully explain to me then or since, Joe Public went apeshit for Get Shorty. Frankly, I'm baffled.

So the deal is Travolta is a mobster who, in the course of hunting down an embezzling former employee, decides his story would a great idea for a movie. And he won't take no for an answer.

What follows is Johnny crashing the offices of Hollywood schmo's (Dennis Farina, Danny De Vito) and putting the heavy on them to get involved.

Meanwhile, Johnny-Boy is being missed back on his regular stomping grounds and so his not so friendly friends come a-looking for him. Cue zany hijinx, lots of switcheroos, and the inevitable 'cunning plan'.

Now, just because I was bored throughout doesn't mean you will be. After all, some of you call I Still Know What You Did Last Summer a horror film. Some of you think Liz Hurley is a good actress. Some of you think Wild Wild West was "kinda funny". Frankly, some of you need a neat little incision down the front of your brain and a nice stretch in solitary.

Fot those of you who like your movies a little deeper, for those of you who know your Kusturica's from your Carrey's, for those of you who knew the original Thomas Crown Affair was miles better than the remake, Get Shorty is going to be one long disappointment.

But don't blame Rene Russo. She's only scenery.

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originally posted: 09/15/99 01:10:12
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User Comments

12/01/11 PAUL SHORTT ENJOYABLE, CLEVER THRILLER WITH GOOD PERFORMANCES 4 stars
12/19/09 Jeff Wilder Arrogant in a way. But the comedy makes up for it. 5 stars
1/15/07 Phil M. Aficionado Some nice witty lines and good acting, but the story is waaay out there 3 stars
12/24/06 David Pollastrini boring, dull, etc. 2 stars
9/01/06 Indrid Cold Why was this so popular? A few nifty characters, but mostly just bland and unfunny. 3 stars
8/21/06 Sepi53 Great cast in a good film 4 stars
11/26/05 Aldo Great cast....Really stupid movie 1 stars
9/14/05 Mick This is the most overated pile of horse sh*t. Be Cool is cooler!! 1 stars
8/16/05 ES A fairly good movie, Mr. travolta surprises as the likable yet quirky Chili Palmer 4 stars
2/25/05 Aaron Smith Chili Palmer is way cool; but too much cursing 3 stars
2/24/05 ELI If you use "fuck" too much in a movie, it's really unfunny. Film's overrated 2 stars
2/20/05 Steve Michaud Witty script, stylish direction, excellent performances across the board 5 stars
12/14/04 R.W. Welch Wise guys and con men work the Hollywood scene. Droll stuff. 4 stars
12/05/04 Kristina Williams I don't get the big deal around this...hope Be Cool is better 2 stars
9/18/04 Naka Not bad...a fairly enjoyable, mildly Tarantino-esque popcorn flick. 4 stars
8/02/04 Anthony G this movie owns all 5 stars
4/01/04 Tito Doesn't live up to the hype, not by a long shot...but still quite enjoyable. 4 stars
3/20/03 Jack Sommersby A bit too proud of itself, yet it's undeniably colorful and entertaining. Travolta is aces. 4 stars
5/12/02 Rosa Zared Had to wear "fuck me pants"? Don't flatter yourself, Rene! 2 stars
2/20/02 Andrew Carden Solid Movie, With Some Humerous Scenes and A Good Cast. 4 stars
3/02/01 Pimp(le) This movie was just COOL. It had style and class. Travolta kicked ass for the last time 5 stars
2/13/01 Jake Farina was lone bright spot in a poor man's Pulp Fiction 2 stars
11/18/00 Angus moorehead great acting, Dennis Farina was especially hilarious 5 stars
5/25/00 Elvisfan Russo made the movie w/her bored-with-it-all attitiude 5 stars
11/05/99 Anthony Ellis Some of it was just terrific, some not so much. Still a good film, though! 5 stars
9/25/99 alyssa The book was better 3 stars
8/26/99 LushZero it's not inappropriate that some people called this pulp fiction-lite. 4 stars
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USA
  20-Oct-1995 (R)
  DVD: 14-Mar-2006

UK
  02-Jul-1996 (15)

Australia
  02-Jul-1996 (MA)




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