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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

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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 »

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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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Color

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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

The Hawaiian-esc costume/dance that Elliot (Dwayne Johnson) performs on stage at Linda Moon's show is very identical to the costume/dance scene performed by Maui in the children's animated film Moana (2016). Coincidentally, Dwayne Johnson is also the voice of Maui. 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

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Written by Mack Gordon, Harry Warren
Performed by Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums
Courtesy of Rumpus Records
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Somewhat entertaining even if it's not very memorable
11 June 2005 | by christian123See all my reviews

John Travolta reprises his role as Chili Palmer, Hollywood gangster, who now turns his eye to the music business. Using his "negotiation skills," he tries to run an independent record label with the wife of a murdered friend, played by Uma Thurman, and try to get his young singer (Christina Milian) a hit record.

Before I saw this sequel, I had heard that it was a terrible film. However, Be Cool is still an enjoyable comedy even if it's not as good as the original. The movie focuses on the music industry this time around instead of the movie industry. The music business is portrayed very poorly in the movie and they use a bunch of lame stereotypes. I can't tell if this was the intention or not since Get Shorty did a nice job of spoofing the movie industry. The same can't be said for the sequel and the attempts just come as lazy.

An impressive cast is what saves the movie from sinking. The best performance is given by The Rock and it's nice to see him in a different type of role. Vince Vaughn also gives a funny performance though he started to get annoying before the end. Surprisingly, Uma Thurman gives an average performance and I was expecting more from her. John Travolta returns as Chili and he does an okay job. His performance is kind of dull though. Christina Milian gives a horrible performance and she's also not that good of a singer. Cedric the Entertainer gives a good performance though he isn't in the film for very long. There are also a bunch of cameos including Steven Tyler and James Wood.

F. Gary Gray directs and he does a poor job. He just doesn't handle the film very well and the movie is kind of a mess. There was also a ton of product placement and it got annoying after awhile. Also at 118 minutes, the film is too long and there are a lot of slow spots. The film needed to be edited badly and it clearly wasn't. Fortunately for the film, the actors are able to rise above the weak direction and script and they deliver some funny scenes. Sometimes, the film tried too hard while other times it was actually pretty funny. Compared to the original, the sequel doesn't measure up well. However, Be Cool is a fairly harmless and forgettable comedy. In the end, Be Cool is worth a rental and that's it. Rating 6/10


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