Get Shorty

Movie review by
Will Fertman, Common Sense Media
Get Shorty Movie Poster Image
Violent caper film isn't for kids and young teens.
  • R
  • 1995
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No good role models.


Gunplay, brief torture, and beatings where blood is spilled.


Some suggestion of sex, but not explicit.


Very strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking


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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byOllie_review February 13, 2021
Adult Written bymauriciob1 February 26, 2018

A rating of five for violence is a bit too much

Yes, there is violence but not nearly as much as a Tarantino movie or a violent horror film. It is perfectly ok for a young teen.
It is a great film!
Kid, 11 years old August 23, 2017
This movie does have a lot of swearing, with MANY f-bombs and some sexual references. But when it comes to violence, this film is very light with not much blood... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byXantara September 3, 2009

Great movie, as long as your family is ok with some swearing and violence.

I loved this movie! It has good role models in the sense that John Travolta's character, thought he works in the mod, is a good character. This movie is ge... Continue reading

What's the story?

Miami loan shark Chili Palmer (John Travolta) tries to avoid violence and just get the job done. But when his patron Mafioso has a heart attack, he ends up working for a brute (Dennis Farina). As it turns out, his patron didn't die after all, and has skipped Miami with three hundred thousand dollars' worth of settlement money. Chili tracks him to L.A., where he takes a side job squeezing a small-time movie director (Gene Hackman). Soon, Chili sees an opportunity to go clean and leave it all behind. He becomes a producer, using his special talents to create guaranteed blockbusters. He's still got to settle things with his old boss though, a new mobster (Delroy Lindo), and convince Danny DeVito (playing himself) to work on the film.

Is it any good?

Get Shorty is a tight, funny crime story that mature teenagers and their families may enjoy, provided they can stand some blood. The film never gets bogged down in the complicated plot. Instead, it takes a number of talented actors and lets them run with some juicy characters.

Pretty much everyone in the movie has got a funny bit, and Travolta has good chemistry with Rene Russo, who plays a scream queen also yearning for something better. Parents should know that the level of violence in the film is pretty high, and not recommended for younger or more squeamish viewers.

Talk to your kids 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?

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