Get Shorty

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Book-inspired crime comedy series is violent but entertains.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Criminal activities and Hollywood make for an interesting mix.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nobody is nice, but Daly and Moreweather are likable in their own way. 

Violence

Kidnapping, brutal attacks, point-blank shootings. Guns, knives, bloody wounds, corpses visible.  

Sex

Strong innuendo, crude sexual references, rude gestures.

Language

"S--t," "f--k"; swearing in Spanish. 

Consumerism

Car makes like Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar. iPhone used.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Hard liquor, cigarette smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this version of Elmore Leonard's classic crime caper Get Shorty is intended for mature viewers thanks to its violent content (which ranges from brutal torture scenes to point-blank shootings and bloody corpses) and endless cursing. It also contains lots of sexual innuendo and crude references, as well as visible drinking and cigarette smoking. 

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What's the story?

Inspired by Elmore Leonard's best-selling novel of the same name, the Epix series GET SHORTY follows Miles Daly (played by Chris O'Dowd), who's looking for something more in life than working for a Nevada crime ring. Daly, along with Louis Darnell (Sean Bridgers), is the the muscle for a group of violent gangsters headed up by casino owner Amara de Escalones (Lidia Porto) and her nephew, Yago (Goya Robles). After unexpectedly coming across a script, he cooks up a money laundering scheme that will allow him to produce a film with washed-up Hollywood producer Rick Moreweather (Ray Romano). It's complicated and dangerous, but Daly sees this as an opportunity to rebuild his relationship with his estranged wife, Katie (Lucy Walters), and spend more time with his his daughter, 12-year-old Emma, aka "Shorty" (Carolyn Dodd), while giving his life renewed meaning.  

Is it any good?

Like the popular 1995 movie, this well-written and expertly produced book adaptation tells an entertaining story filled with dark humor. But the series' episodic format allows for a richer and more nuanced narrative, which works well with the more contemporary setting.  

The content is edgier than in the film version. Nonetheless, chances are that fans of the now classic film will probably appreciate what this version of Get Shorty has to offer. But there's no doubt that the overall series will attract a new audience. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about adapting books to become movies and TV series. What do you think the challenges would be? What can you accomplish on TV versus film? Do you think this version of Get Shorty is a good adaptation?

  • This version of Get Shorty has a more diverse cast than the one in the film. Why? How does this impact the overall story? 

TV details

For kids who love dark comedy

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