Get Shorty Get shorty (R) A cracklingly energized adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1990 crime-caper novel. Director Barry Sonnenfeld finds a broad equivalent to Leonard's propulsive-trash style, and… Get Shorty Get shorty (R) A cracklingly energized adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1990 crime-caper novel. Director Barry Sonnenfeld finds a broad equivalent to Leonard's propulsive-trash style, and… R Comedy Mystery and Thriller Danny DeVito Gene Hackman Elmore Leonard Delroy Lindo Rene Russo John Travolta Danny DeVito Dennis Farina James Gandolfini Rene Russo Danny DeVito
Movie Review

Get shorty (1995)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B

Details Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Mystery and Thriller; With: Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, Elmore Leonard, Delroy Lindo and Rene Russo...

Get shorty (R) A cracklingly energized adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1990 crime-caper novel. Director Barry Sonnenfeld finds a broad equivalent to Leonard's propulsive-trash style, and the movie has a wonderfully sleek hero in John Travolta, who plays Chili Palmer, the Miami loan shark-turned-would-be movie investor, with the same impervious brashness that made him such a charmer in Pulp Fiction. Chili, in his cool black duds, is as much a put-on artist as anyone he meets in Los Angeles; Travolta lets us feel the joy of an actor playing an actor. The other characters are so thin, though, that their encounters begin to seem weightless. Gene Hackman plays grade-Z movie producer Harry Zimm as a cartoon huckster without really bringing out his undercurrent of desperation. And why cast Danny DeVito as a satire of a capricious Hollywood leading man? The pleasures of Get Shorty are genuine, but they remain stubbornly on the surface. B

Originally posted Nov 03, 1995 Published in issue #299 Nov 03, 1995 Order article reprints