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Be Cool (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 4 March 2005 (USA)
Disenchanted with the movie industry, Chili Palmer tries the music industry, meeting and romancing a widow of a music executive on the way.

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Streetwise mobster-turned-movie producer Chili Palmer is back, but this time Chili has abandoned the fickle movie industry and veered into the music business, tangling with Russian mobsters and gangsta rappers and taking a talented, feisty young singer named Linda Moon under his wing. From the recording studio to an Aerosmith concert to the MTV Music Awards, he manipulates events to watch them play out the Chili way, using his signature blend of wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics. It's a dangerous business, and everyone's looking for their next big hit. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Everyone is looking for the next big hit

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Comedy | Crime | Music

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sensuality, and language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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4 March 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tómalo con calma  »

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$53,000,000 (estimated)

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$23,450,212 (USA) (4 March 2005)

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$55,808,744 (USA) (22 April 2005)
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Trivia

At one point in the movie, Raj is referred to as "Vanilla Ice". In hip-hop folklore, it's said Marion 'Suge' Knight took Vanilla Ice out to a balcony of a hotel and dangled him over the side by his ankles. Raj went through the same scenario. See more »

Goofs

Chili Palmer lists stories in which the narrators are dead mentioning Casino as one example. However, although Casino gives the impression that the narrator is dead in the opening scene (the car exploding), we later find out he in fact survived the explosion. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chili Palmer: I hate sequels.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the various cast members are seen dancing, even the Russian "corpse". See more »

Connections

Featured in Be Cool: Close-Up - André 3000 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Believer
Written by Will.i.am and John Legend
Performed by Christina Milian
Produced by Cory Rooney
Christina Milian appears courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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meh...
22 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a fan of Get Shorty. This is the sequel for the movie that needed no sequel.

Chili is back but Rene Russo is gone without a peep. Unfortunately Chili's game was played out in the first movie and rather than find an interesting personal arc for him, they just have him stand around repeating lines from the first movie. It's pretty tepid. Travolta looks old here. It's like they move people around him because his bones are getting creaky. His pink lip gloss and the blue eye contacts are very weird. The 2nd bad role is Edie (played by Uma Thurman). She's a music producer, a role that requires her only to be the female Reuben Kincaid. ("Hey these kids have a great new sound.") In any scene she strikes the wrong pitch motivationally or emotionally or both. It's painful to watch. Despite it's plentiful problems, Be Cool gets better after a very unpromising start.

I certainly got my laughs out of it (Vince Vaughan running around on fire, Cedric the Entertainer, Ludicrous, the Rock, a t-shirt that says "widow" on it), but it offers no great memories after it's over. It's a helium-light love fest from the first frame. There's no one as pricelessly idiotic as Gene Hackman in the first movie. It's just about doing good in the world, for a couple of kids who deserve a chance (Beyonce & the Rock). Ho-hum. The first one wasn't preachy.

Working in (repeatedly) gags & lines from the first movie is annoying as is the dumb concession to the Rock's wrestling fans (he raises his eyebrow twice) as are the droll inside jokes: Steven Tyler saying "I'm not the kind of singer that make appearances in movies" ar ar.

The all-star spectacular line-up is part of the problem. The first movie wasn't burdened by "stars."

For a buck rental let's call it even.


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