A decade ago, who would have bet a fin that New Jersey working-class Cool would come to define the pop aesthetic of fin de siecle America? On screen and in the video store -- where PULP FICTION has been the No. 1 rental for
weeks on end -- the comic-book hulk heroes of the '80s have been supplanted by a legion of suburban hipsters. Hence the truly welcome '90s resurrection of that quintessential son of the Garden State, Englewood's John Travolta.
In director Barry Sonnenfeld's gracefully light GET SHORTY, Travolta is Chili Palmer, a Miami-based debt collector for the mob who gets a bad case of the movie-producing bug while visiting Los Angeles. Chili's no garden...