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 … 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
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as Edie Athens

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as Linda Moon

as Hy Gordon

as Nick Carr

as Martin Weir

as Tommy Athens

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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

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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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