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Be Cool (2005)



Critic Consensus: Be Cool is tepid, square, and lukewarm; as a parody of the music business, it has two left feet.

Movie Info

Underworld hipster Chili Palmer is back in the entertainment business in this sequel to the 1995 hit Get Shorty, which like the first film is based on a novel by Elmore Leonard. Gangster-turned-movie producer Chili (once again played by John Travolta) has grown tired of the screen trade, especially after his latest project turned out to be a box-office flop. Chili is looking for new horizons and thinks he may have found his niche when his close friend Tommy Athens (James Woods), a fellow mobster who runs an independent record label, is murdered by Russian gangsters. Chili takes over Athens' record company, Nothing to Lose Records, and begins courting Tommy's girlfriend, Edie (Uma Thurman). Edie is an experienced hand in record production, and together she and Chili spot what would seem to be the ideal act for their label -- Linda Moon (Christina Milian), a beautiful young woman with a powerhouse voice. Linda is stuck, however, in a going-nowhere R&B trio managed by the monumentally sleazy Raji (Vince Vaughn). Chili isn't much concerned about Linda's contract with Raji, but Raji certainly is, and the manager soon takes out a contract on Chili with the same Russian hoods who killed Tommy. Soon Chili is facing all the action he can handle between the Russian gunmen, a music mogul named Nick Carr (Harvey Keitel) who wants Chili to stay out of the business, and Sin LaSalle (Cedric the Entertainer), a successful hip-hop producer who wants Chili to pay him the 300,000 dollars he is owed by Tommy. Be Cool also features appearances by The Rock as a gay Samoan bodyguard, Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000 from the hip-hop duo Outkast) as a rapper who isn't very good with a gun, and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as himself.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Steinfeld
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 7, 2005
Box Office: $55.6M
MGM/UA - Official Site


John Travolta
as Chili Palmer
Uma Thurman
as Edie Athens
Steven Tyler
as Himself
Christina Milian
as Linda Moon
Paul Adelstein
as Hy Gordon
Harvey Keitel
as Nick Carr
Danny DeVito
as Martin Weir
James Woods
as Tommy Athens
Wyclef Jean
as Himself
as Himself
Fred Durst
as Himself
Gene Simmons
as Himself
Minae Noji
as Miss Bangkok
The Rza
as Himself
Joe Perry
as Himself
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News & Interviews for Be Cool

Critic Reviews for Be Cool

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (44)

I was really glad when it was over.

Full Review… | April 6, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Be Cool isn't the biting satire that Get Shorty was. It's lighter, hipper, and, yes, more fun.

Full Review… | February 11, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Be Cool sounds like it should be good, or at least entertaining, but it's neither. It does have some genuinely fun moments, but lacks a strong narrative to hang them off of. The result is empty, full of contrivances, and ultimately unsatisfying.

Full Review… | January 7, 2011

Watered-down sequel isn't meant for kids.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Common Sense Media

Self-mocking jokes prevail in F. Gary Gray's feisty cinematic version of Elmore Leonard's irreverent Los Angeles based novel.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009

click to read review [Greek]

Full Review… | September 10, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Be Cool

It has a dynamic cast of actors, musicians and entertainers, but Be Cool can't deliver from the amount of starpower it possessed. The film is bland and has a giggle every now and then, but otherwise, just flat. 2/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

22/07/2012 (DVD)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

I dont remember a whole lot but I remember thinking, "What the hell is the movie even about?" The commercials boasted an all-star cast but that is all that it delivered. One forgettable, dry, and pretentious movie.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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