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Be Cool (2005)

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Critic Consensus: 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 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.

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Cast

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
Dwayne Johnson
as Elliot Wilhelm
Danny DeVito
as Martin Weir
James Woods
as Tommy Athens
Wyclef Jean
as Himself
Taboo
as Himself
Fred Durst
as Himself
Gene Simmons
as Himself
RZA
as Himself
Minae Noji
as Miss Bangkok
Joe Perry
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Be Cool

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (40)

I was really glad when it was over.

April 6, 2010 | Full Review…

One of the cuddliest, cutest movies you'll ever see about mobsters and murderers.

March 7, 2005

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 | Rating: 1/4

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

March 5, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie feels more like a cavalcade of personalities than anything resembling a story.

March 5, 2005

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…

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

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22/07/2012 (DVD)

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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.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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