Be CoolClosed Captioning
F. Gary Gray
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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 169
- Fresh: 50
- Rotten: 119
- Average Rating: 4.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: You know a sequel isn't working when, ten minutes into the movie, a voice inside your head starts screaming, 'Please make it stop!'
Rotten: The movie feels more like a cavalcade of personalities than anything resembling a story.
Rotten: 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.
Rotten: Be Cool lacks both a focus and an edge, making it an amorphous mess.
it's good but not THAT good!
when i saw this film i was entertained! it had a superb cast, a semi good plot & good screenplay! but the thing that i didn't get was......y can't it be MORE entertaining? it was a good film! i excpected to bomb! but it was a good film! the Rock is hilarious & Uma Thurman & John Travolta sizzle! vote "AGREE" IF U LIKE THIS FILM !
Without a doubt, one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
The first time I saw this movie, I thougth it was just funny. Then I saw it again, and it was funnier. I saw it for a third time and I realized it was hilarious. I think I've watched it at least 20 times since then. I would have to say that along with What About Bob?, Anchorman, and Head of State, this is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I must say, this movie isn't as dark as Get Shorty. They also both have their own styles of humor. I would say that some of the setups in the story are similar to that of its predecessor. They are both hilarious, though. Watch Get Shorty first.
I Laughed My ____ Off!
I laughed many times at this "Cool" film! The Rock was hilarious as was Cedric The Entertainer and Andre 300. But Vince Vaughn was the breakout star of this flick! I have to admit it! He cracked me up! A must have for grown up comedy seekers!
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2005
- © 2005 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.