Saw this on PPV with mom, grandma and Greg.
I liked "Get Shorty" all right. But it didn't really do a lot for me. I'm not sure why.
This movie hit me very similarly. I'm not sure why. I think part of it was that some of the characters seemed pretty normal, but others were way over the top silly. And somehow they didn't mesh well.
For example, The Rock plays a bodyguard who happens to be gay and wants to break into movies. He knows who Travolta is in the movie industry. So he's jumping back and forth from trying to be a tough guy to fawning all over Travolta and trying to get an audition.
His boss is even worse. He's a white guy pretending to talk ghetto. He's way over the top and the affectation is basically just constantly annoying. Pretty much every time he talked I just wanted him to stop.
The story is essentially the same as before. John Travolta decides to get into a new racket, this time music. He's the only person who reads everyone else correctly and he's constantly having to adapt to mistakes that others make.
They dropped Rene Russo, and I guess they probably mentioned where she went early in the movie, but I missed it. Kind of in her place they have Uma Thurman. She plays the wife of James Woods who gets killed in the first five minutes.
They use Christina Milian as the young singer trying to get her break. OMFG, she's beautiful. I suppose she did a good job in the part. While she got a lot of screen time she didn't really have all that much to do.
This movie is essentially the same story as the previous one. Travolta steps in and starts making promises he can't keep. But he keeps doing that from one person to the next until they finally start to dovetail together. The mob is after him (the Russian mob this time.) And the police are keeping an eye on him. Plus his competitors. So he once again ends up taking what one wants and uses it as bait to turn the other against them. The twists are fairly clever.
On my brother's Total Movie Value Scale, Pay Per View. It was fun, but just didn't tickle me like I would have expected those clever twists would. I still think it's mostly the outrageous performances.
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