Be Cool (2005)

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Original Title : Be Cool
Director : F. Gary Gray
Writer : Elmore Leonard
Peter Steinfeld (II)
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Danny DeVito , Andy Gose , F. Gary Gray , Elmore Leonard , David Nicksay , Michael Shamberg (I) , Stacey Sher , Michael Siegel (II)
Music : John Powell (I)
Photography : Jeffrey L. Kimball
Distributor : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) [us]
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13
IMDB ID : 0377471
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John Travolta Chili Palmer
Uma Thurman Edie Athens
Vince Vaughn Raji
Cedric the Entertainer Sin LaSalle
André 3000 Dabu (as André Benjamin
Steven Tyler I
Robert Pastorelli Joe Loop
Christina Milian Linda Moon
Paul Adelstein Hy Gordon
Debi Mazar Marla
Gregory Alan Williams Darryl (as GregAlan Williams
Harvey Keitel Nick Carr
The Rock Elliot Wilhelm
Danny DeVito Martin Weir
James Woods I
Wyclef Jean Himself
Fred Durst Himself
Sergio Mendes Himself
Gene Simmons I
RZA Himself (as The RZA
Joe Perry I
Anna Nicole Smith Herself
Anthony J. Ribustello Fast Freddie
Steve Maye Steve
Alex Kubik Roman Bulkin
Darren Carter Glenn
Carol Duboc Pumpkin
Minae Noji Miss Bangkok
Arielle Kebbel Robin
Kimberly J. Brown Tiffany
Jordan Moseley Deshawn
Margaret Travolta Marge
Scott Adsit Program Director
Brian Christensen Hairy Russian
Nick Loren Assistant Director
Craig Susser Assistant Director
George Fisher III
Frank Lloyd II
Sahar Simmons Sin LaSalle's Wife
Serdar Kalsin Bearded Russian
Frank Nyi Coroner (as Dr. Frank Nyi
Noelle Scaggs Backup Singer
Joyce Tolbert Backup Singer
Tom Hamilton II
Brad Whitford Aerosmith
Joey Kramer Aerosmith
Russ Irwin Aerosmith Keyboardist
Will i Am The Black Eyed Peas
Stacy Ferguson The Black Eyed Peas (as Fergie The Black Eyed Peas
Taboo II
Steve Lucky Rhumba Bums
Carmen Getit Rhumba Bums
Chris Lewis VII
Daryl Jones Dub MDs
Alex-Andre Watkins Dub MDs
Floyd Tremmel Dub MDs
Quincy Taylor Dub MDs
Will Harris Dub MDs
Kimberly Wyatt Pussycat Dolls
Kasey Campbell Pussycat Dolls
Ashley Roberts Pussycat Dolls
Nicole Scherzinger Pussycat Dolls
Leon C. Carswell Music Video Dancer
Jovan Clayton Music Video Dancer
Corinthea Henderson Music Video Dancer
Micah Jenkins Music Video Dancer
Donyelle Jones Denise Music Video Dancer
Clifford McGee Music Video Dancer (as Clifford McGhee
Rashad Miles Music Video Dancer
Oscar Orosco Music Video Dancer
Quinette Price Music Video Dancer
Jerry 'Flo' Randolph Music Video Dancer (as Jerry Randolph
Shellee Samuels Music Video Dancer
Roel Suasin Music Video Dancer
Christopher Toler Music Video Dancer
Ceasare Willis Music Video Dancer
Shanell Woodgett Music Video Dancer
Ivan 'Flipz' Velez Music Video Dancer (as Ivan Velez
Lesa Maiava Samoan Dancer
Mervyn Lilo Samoan Dancer
Ryan Ashley Swing Dancer
Shannon Beach Swing Dancer
Karen Dyer II
Alison Faulk Swing Dancer
Annette Nicole Swing Dancer (as Annette Nichole
Autum Perry Swing Dancer
Christian Perry Swing Dancer
Nathan Prevost Swing Dancer
Gustavo Vargas I
Vitaly Yasnogorodsky Swing Dancer
Stephen Castello Bartender (uncredited
Seth Green Video Clip Director (uncredited
Tarita Virtue Beautiful Woman (uncredited


In this sequel to "Get Shorty", Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is tired of the movie production business after being forced to make a useless sequel starring Martin Weir (Danny De Vito). When a music producer friend (James Woods) is gunned down, he offers to help his widow (Uma Thurman) run the business. Checking a talent (Christina Milian) that Woods had been talking to him about puts Chili at odds with a sleazy music manager (Vince Vaughn),his gay bodyguard (The Rock), and his equally sleazy partner (Harvey Keitel). Woods mismanagement of the music company also gets Chili threatened by members of the Russian mafia and a suburbian rap-mogul producer (Cedric The Entertainer) & his thugs led by his bumbling relative (Andre Benjamin). All turns out well when it is determined that Uma had at one time been the laundress for Aerosmith and making contact with Aerosmith leader Steven Tyler at a Lakers game, gets their protege a duet with Tyler at an Aerosmith concert. Robert Pastorelli also appears as a slobbish hitman, who bumbles an attack on Chili. Contains profanity (including the one gratuitous use of the f-word, which Chili cites in using it as the only use permissible without getting an R rating in movies), lots of gunplay and other violence, and mild sexual situations.


Get Shorty was an excellent film. It was funny and had the perfect balance of highly comical acting and a serious plot. Be Cool is like some cheap knock-off trying to pass for a sequel. John Travolta as Chili Palmer seems to have forgotten that he was ever in the mob. He plays it like he's a bored movie exec, rather than a bored movie exec who used to be a Shylock. Uma Thurman, great in nearly every role she's ever played, comes off as strained and confusing. Is she supposed to be ditzy or clever? The chemistry between her and Travolta is strained and uncomfortable. Other than that, just add every movie cliché you can think of. A well-educated rap producer by Cedric the Entertainer, an inept gangster wannabe in Andre 3000, the girl with heart, soul, and a good set of pipes in Christina Milian, a gimmicky black dude wannabe in Vince Vaughn, and a stupid celebrity cameo by Stephen Tyler. The only funny part was the Rock, who invents his own new cliché as a gay Samoan bodyguard actor wannabe. Probably the biggest crime is the plot: IT MAKES NO SENSE. Get Shorty was clever with Chili playing one group against another and coming out on top. But this film tries that with about a million different characters. And even Chili doesn't seem to know what's going on. Fans of Get Shorty be warned: this is a very different, very worse movie.
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