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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.

Director:

F. Gary Gray

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), Peter Steinfeld (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Chili Palmer
Uma Thurman ... Edie Athens
Vince Vaughn ... Raji
Cedric the Entertainer ... Sin LaSalle
André Benjamin ... Dabu
Steven Tyler ... Steven Tyler
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
Dwayne Johnson ... Elliot Wilhelm (as The Rock)
Danny DeVito ... Martin Weir
James Woods ... Tommy Athens
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everyone is looking for the next big hit

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

4 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tómalo con calma See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,450,212, 6 March 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,046,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,226,116
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Trivia

This is the last movie where Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is shown in credits as "The Rock". He would be credited as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson after this movie, and he would drop "The Rock" and just go by Dwayne Johnson. Only in WWE productions is he referred to as "The Rock". See more »

Goofs

At the end during Linda Moon's performance when Elliot is waving to Chili and Edie, you see the break dancers starting to dance behind him; when he is exiting the stage, you see the same dancers just getting on stage. 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 Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #12.91 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Deanstone
Written and Performed by Dean Hurley
Courtesy of Team Hurley/Big Music
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Still can't shake the depression
7 March 2005 | by mmwildeSee all my reviews

I saw a 12:45 a.m. show last night, and I would've walked out 20 min. in, but there was nowhere to go! Blatant product placement, juvenile script, so much talent gone to waste, gay-bashing...what didn't they do? The movie is also insanely long (we got out at 3). As a person who rarely pays full price at the movies, imagine my chagrin doling out $22 for this self-indulgent, mean-spirited nightmare (plus $2 parking). I woke up today still feeling depressed, and haven't been able to shake it all day. I love Vince Vaughn, and he seemed straight up lost in this thing, as was I. When Cedric the Entertainer is the high-water mark (a man so un-entertaining that he has to call himself "the Entertainer" so you'll understand what it is he thinks he's doing), you have a serious problem. Also, the appearance of Robert Pastorelli is down-right creepy, since he died almost a year ago (March 10). This should give you an idea how long they've been polishing this turd. This movie is mean to the bitter end. We stayed just to make sure they didn't give Robert an "In Remembrance", which they didn't. Save yourself! Save your money! Save your soul!


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