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Excellent! Probably inspired by Pulp Fiction. A little bit less glamorous, but definitely fun, cool, and entertaining. Deserves a larger audience.
Classic funny satire with GREAT cast
Now for some Elmore Leonard, and a film I hadn't seen since it was in theaters: Get Shorty. At the time, I remember thinking its greatest sin was not being Pulp Fiction. It was the first movie Travolta did after his Tarantino comeback, and it was marketed as the same kind of gangster comedy. Now that I've taken a step back (and seen many more Elmore Leonard material taken to the screen), it stands up quite well. Travolta is Chilli Palmer, a loan shark who wants to get into the movie business. He's the essence of cool, and plays off beautifully against the quirky crooks and Hollywood types satirized in the film. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Leonard writes the best "stupid" I've ever experienced, and each character is a joy to discover. Director Barry Sonnenfeld gives his comedy a fun visual style as well. Fun, and filled with great stars like Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Rene Russo, James Gandolfini, and more. It's a bit like The Player, if less ambitious.
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This movie ranks #88 in 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #879 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office