it’s a fun film with a swagger similar to that seen in ocean’s eleven. gene hackman is great in an unconventional role for him – he plays an incapable film producer who also happens to be a wannabe tough guy. it’s a funny role and he plays it to perfection. travolta is convincing as chili palmer, an ex-tough guy turned film producer. one of the better aspects of the film is the soundtrack which acts well as the funky pulse to this slick, fun film. it’s interesting to compare this to jackie brown (both based on elmore leonard stories). this one is fun and jackie brown has a darker element and some romance. they’re both well-written and feature some good comedy, but jackie brown isn’t strictly a comedy and get shorty is. get shorty is also similar to the player and state & main which are industry pictures. get shorty makes fun of hollywood and the personalities that are found therein. it’s all good stuff.