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Get Shorty

  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available


It's a fast and hilarious track from the gangster business to show business when a loan shark travels to L.A. to collect a debt -- and ends up a film producer.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Violent caper film isn't for kids and young teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film contains scenes of violence, including gunplay, brief torture, and beatings where blood is spilled. One character's sadism may be upsetting for sensitive children. There are strong suggestions of sex, but nothing explicit onscreen, and we see two female characters in their underwear. Characters swear and drink in moderate amounts.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the characters' approaches to problem solving. Is Chili's use of violence any different from that of the other gangsters in the film? What other, more realistic strategies does he use to get things done? What is his idea of "respect", how does it differ from that of the gangsters (and producers) around him, and how does that put him at an advantage?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 16
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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.

- David Ansen, Newsweek, Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Fresh: This comic potboiler about gangsters in Hollywood would be a great piece of fun even without Travolta. But as a loan shark from Miami with a charming bedside manner and bigtime movie dreams, he raises the fun quotient into the sublime.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

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

- Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Audience Reviews

2 stars

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 good), The actors. The story (though not even close to being as good). The dialogue (again, nowhere as good). It's all the poor man's version of a Tarantino movie. I went from outright hating Get Shorty, to semi-liking it by the end, so I guess that's a good thing. Still, it didn't impress me in the slightest. Yawn. It simply wasn't close to being as clever as it aspired to be.

- lewiskendell, Thursday, March 4, 2010

1 star

A film so far up its own arse that it can't even smell its own crap!

- SirPant, Thursday, September 24, 2009

2 stars

A lot of mediocre twists and turns to get to a decent ending. Elmore Leonard's stories just don't appeal to me; they seem a little too cooked.

- aliceinpunderland, Tuesday, July 7, 2009