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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chili Palmer
... Edie Athens
... Raji
... Sin LaSalle
... Dabu
... Steven Tyler
... Joe Loop
... Linda Moon
... Hy Gordon
... Marla
... Darryl (as GregAlan Williams)
... Nick Carr
... Elliot Wilhelm (as The Rock)
... Martin Weir
... 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

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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)  »

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Tómalo con calma  »

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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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Trivia

When Sin LaSalle (Cedric the Entertainer) goes to call Raji (Vince Vaughn) after the threatening "prank" call, we get to see two of the numbers in Sin's cell phone directory. One is R. Lowenthal (Raji), the other is G. Gray, a reference to Director F. Gary Gray. See more »

Goofs

When Chili comes down stairs at Edie's house, Sin mistakenly quotes "Knockin on Heaven's Door": "that cold black cloud is coming down ". The correct lyrics are "That long black cloud is coming down." 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

Referenced in Reel Comedy: Be Cool (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't No Reason
Written by Rich Harrison, Harold Lilly, Alicia Keys, Taneisha Greenidge
Performed by Christina Milian
Produced by Rich Harrison and Cory Rooney
Christina Milian appears courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Worth seeing
3 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is no "Get Shorty" but it's full of so much self-deprecating humor that you can't help but cut it a break. I laughed quite a few times, and there's a lot of fun moments. However, the film is a bit uneven. It's a comedy, but then, how funny is the Russian Mafia? The movie tries hard to find the humor in hit men and quirky characters, but it often seems to be trying a bit too hard. The movie is so crammed with celebrities that it's distracting and the parade of glitterati takes you outside the film more than once. It's less brutal than "Get Shorty" and the language is much milder, but it also lacks the freshness and irreverence that made "Get Shorty" so much fun. As sequels go, it's a pretty good movie, and John Travolta and others in the film are so obviously having a good time, it's impossible not to get into the groove. There are many charming performances, including The Rock and Andre 3000, both showing a real knack for comedy. Definitely worth a visit to the multiplex, as long as you keep your expectations in check.


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