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Be Cool (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 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

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Everyone is looking for the next big hit


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

Gross USA:

$56,046,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,226,116
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In every scene where the Dub MD's are in vehicles, the same song is playing. They talk about their music not being played, listen closely, the lyrics in this song reference this. See more »

Goofs

Towards the beginning of the movie when Chili Palmer and Tommy Athens are at the sidewalk coffee shop, there are two women sitting at the table directly behind Chili Palmer. In one shot, the woman closest to Chili Palmer cuts her food with her fork and brings her fork to her mouth to eat, but there is nothing on her fork. 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 American Beauty (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

G's & Soldiers
Written by Kurupt (as R. Brown), Planet Asia (as J. Green), J. Wells
Performed by Planet Asia featuring Kurupt
Courtesy of Avatar Records
Under License from Urbaniti Productions, LLC
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Barely amusing
3 March 2005 | by sire-5See all my reviews

Be Cool was amusing, but not really very good. From the first scene it was filled with silly references to other movies-especially Pulp Fiction. I'm usually a fan of clever reference, but in Be Cool they mostly fell flat. This movie had four music numbers, a dance sequence, and a montage. It was less a whole film, and more a meaningless parade of cameos. The writing was pretty bad, and most of the performances were desperate and awkward-notably Steven Tyler. Duane Johnson stood out in a movie full of celebrities, as he obviously had a really good time acting, and he was fun to watch. All told, I would have a hard time recommending this film.


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