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Be Cool (2005)

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

James Woods was originally cast as Nick Carr, but had to drop out due to emergency surgery for an aneurysm. He was given the smaller role of Tommy Athens instead. See more »

Goofs

When Raji is talking to Nick Carr his silver chain is repeatedly in/out of his shirt between shots. 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

References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Me So Horny
Written by Luther Campbell, Mr. Mixx (as David Hobbs), Brother Marquis (as Mark Ross),
Ricardo Williams, Fresh Kid Ice (as Chris Wong-Won)
Performed by The 2 Live Crew
Courtesy of Lil Joe Records
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Huge Disappointment
5 March 2005 | by shaggyshortlegsSee all my reviews

The first 10 minutes of the movie makes fun of sequels and pg-13 movies. These are the 2 reasons the movie is so bad. They constantly reference a movie called "Get Leo" which is the movie-in-a-movie version of get shorty. Every time they do this, you will be really angry. Travolta isn't very cool, neither is Keitel. However, The Rock and Vince Vaughn are hilarious. They aren't the kind of funny you would expect to see in an Elmore Leonard movie though. If you haven't seen get shorty, you will probably like be cool. If you liked get shorty, you will leave the theater wanting to kill the director and screenwriter. Wait for the DVD.


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