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Be Cool (2005)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 169
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 119

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


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 34

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



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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


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Peter Steinfeld

Jun 7, 2005


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All Critics (180) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (119) | DVD (29)

I was really glad when it was over.

April 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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One of the cuddliest, cutest movies you'll ever see about mobsters and murderers.

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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You know a sequel isn't working when, ten minutes into the movie, a voice inside your head starts screaming, 'Please make it stop!'

March 7, 2005
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Be Cool lacks both a focus and an edge, making it an amorphous mess.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The movie feels more like a cavalcade of personalities than anything resembling a story.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source:
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It's kind of -- hmmmm, less than good, a little better than not bad, almost all right, mediocre without being grating, sort of in the C-minus-to-C-minus-minus range.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Be Cool isn't the biting satire that Get Shorty was. It's lighter, hipper, and, yes, more fun.

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source:

Watered-down sequel isn't meant for kids.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source:

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September 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The characters are still engaging, but the story is a mess this time around.

June 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Nothing here feels authentic--not the occasionally funny thugs or the supposed 'street cred' vibe that hits like a thud.

June 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Less like a story than an assemblage of moments and top-notch character acting, but as far as cinematic trifles go, it's guilt-free.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source:

There's some fun to be had here, but measured against Get Shorty, the movie doesn't fare so well.

May 6, 2005 Full Review

The whole film is a great piece of eye candy with many LA sites and a lot of music and action.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

...attempts to look effortless in seeming hip, but the wink-wink, nudge-nudge jokes about sequels, Hollywood, and the music world come off as familiar and self-congratulatory.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A half-hearted, loosey-goosey sequel so floppy and laid-back that it just sort of lounges on a sun chair and soaks up the audience's good intentions.

April 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee

Funny and smart, nicely crafted without being overly artsy, and quirky but approachable. If only every sequel were this much fun.

April 8, 2005

Entretenida, obligada a quienes gustaron de las primeras aventuras de Chili Palmer, y con un soundtrack que sacará a más de uno a la pista de baile.

April 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

Get 'Shorty out of your head for a couple of goofy, irreverent hours and there's a good chance you'll enjoy this inferior yet amiable sequel.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

Thurman looks desperately uncomfortable throughout the entire film, Keitel fails to make any real impact and the less said about Vince Vaughn's desperate mugging as a wannabe gangsta, the better.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

too amiably daft to be truly biting.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Here's hoping the cast of Be Cool can pick up their careers after the release of this film.

March 27, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Despite some dead spots, it's still a fun, and very funny, ride.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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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
July 27, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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22/07/2012 (DVD)
July 22, 2012

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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.
November 25, 2011
Albert Kim

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Loved the songs and it was funny (most of the time). And I must say, Rock was hilarious.
June 3, 2011
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