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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 »

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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

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

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 »


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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Am I the only one who cringed?
6 April 2005 | by lparkerSee all my reviews

Having watched Be Cool I feel I wasted my time and money on a huge pile of rubbish! John Travolta had one expression only - bored! Other fine actors like Uma & Harvey acted embarrassed to be seen in such utter tripe! The script was horrible, full of clichés and so NOT funny! I hated how much time was devoted to Christina singing. As a movie lover who always finds something good to see in every film, I was astonished how bad it was and nearly left after the first 30 minutes. I've nothing against the actors, in fact I like their films normally but this was poor acting, bad script in the extreme! Even the dancing scene was poor and unexciting. The Rock was the only likable actor in the whole thing and caused me to smile just a little. I am going to rewatch Get Shortly and remind myself what I liked about John as Chili!


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