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Get Shorty

Reviewed By Chris Parry
Posted 09/15/99 01:10:12

"Pulp Fiction for the simpleminded set."
2 stars (Pretty Bad)

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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