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Awesome: 2.63%
Worth A Look: 14.47%
Average: 27.63%
Pretty Bad30.26%
Total Crap: 25%

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Be Cool
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by Mark Rodger-Snelson

"Not up there with Get Shorty, but it does have its moments"
3 stars

It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since the release of Get Shorty. It was released on the wave of John Travolta’s Pulp Fiction resurrection and was a hip, tightly directed, crime comedy flick with a talented all star line up. Can the magic work again? Well, yes and no…but at least they waited until a sequel to the book was written before making this movie.

Chili Palmer (John Travolta) has grown tired and disheartened with the movie industry since we saw him in Get Shorty. An opportunity for change literally lands in his lap when the owner of a gangsta rap record label, Tommy Athens (James Woods) is gunned down by the Russian mafia whilst the two are having lunch together. Without wasting any time Chili visits Edie (Uma Thurman), Tommy’s widow, to offer his assistance with the struggling label. They soon discover that financially, the label is in a lot of trouble and owes $300000 to producer Sin Lasille (Cedric the Entertainer) who is a family man one minute and a violent gun toting gangster the next. Rather than wasting Edie and Chili without a chance of getting the money back, Chili convinces Sin to give them three days to come up with the cash.

On a visit to the Viper Room, Chili discovers the vocal talents of Linda Moon, a struggling young artist whom he believes he can help by making her a star which, in turn, would save the record label and his life. The only catch is that Linda is tied to a contract with a crooked record label run by Nick (Harvey Keitel) who is not going to let her go too easily. Linda is also managed by Raj (Vince Vaughn), a man who seems to think that he is black on the inside in the way that he dresses and talks. Nick assigns Raj and his gay bodyguard (The Rock) to do away with Chili for the insult that is his persistent attempts to steal Linda from them. The Russian mafia are also on Chili’s trail for being a star witness in the murder of Tommy Athens. It now seems that everyone wants Chili dead.

Be Cool does suffer by having too much going on at once and tends to get a little messy as a result. It ends up coming across like a series of sketch comedy routines where some of it works and some of it does not. There are some genuinely funny moments particularly from Vaugn’s jive-talkin’ Raj and The Rock hamming it up in a performance of ‘Ain’t Woman Enough’ by Loretta Lynn. Andre 3000 also delivers some moments of hilarity as a sensitive new age gangster in Sin Lasille’s posse. But there are some overlong and mundane scenes such as the nostalgic homage to Pulp Fiction, with a dance between Travolta and Thurman, which tend to distract from the flow of what could have been a much better movie. On the positive front there are no faults with any of the acting and the chemistry between Travolta and Thurman is as fervent as it was back when they last appeared on screen together 1994.

There is no doubt that the cast would have had a ball making this which is evident from some behind-the-scenes dancing shown as the credits roll and for a star laden movie it is still miles ahead of Ocean’s 12. Sequels rarely surpass the originals so if one casts expectations aside and forgets how good Get Shorty was then there is still a lot of fun to be had in Be Cool but ultimately it remains a fairly forgettable experience.

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User Comments

4/05/16 Charles Tatum Hard to believe these are the same characters; smug sequel 1 stars
7/20/13 da prof I had fun watching the movie and have the cd. great fun, decent movie. Get shorty better. 3 stars
3/24/12 Jessica Davis About what's to be expected from John Revolting and Uma Turdman. 1 stars
7/15/10 The Stick that Slaps One of the worst movies - ever... 1 stars
12/19/09 Jeff Wilder No Get Shorty. But works better than it really should. 3 stars
8/21/08 Shaun Wallner More like Be Crappy! 1 stars
3/31/07 David Pollastrini All the women in this film are hot! 3 stars
8/16/06 drydock54321 not worth the time 2 stars
5/23/06 Nicholas Gasenewe I think the movie is good and from the fact that it include most music industry people. 4 stars
11/26/05 Aldo Why would they make this .....wasn't get shorty BAD ENOUGH !!! 1 stars
11/09/05 J.D. Pittman III I loved Cedric's speech. Short, sweet, and ended with a bang! 4 stars
10/26/05 Frank Rountree Worst Travolta movie so far 2 stars
10/11/05 Wisamane it was ok, but i dono, it seemed at somtimes that you didnt know wtf was going on 3 stars
9/28/05 F Loogman Couldn't bear to see more than half the movie 1 stars
8/13/05 Lily Vince Vaughn, Andre 3000 =cool. Everyone else (especially Milian) =not cool. 2 stars
7/25/05 Cazandra This movie was so awesome and fuckin hilarious!!!!! 4 stars
7/20/05 Rosa Zared Well then, karen, hope you have no mirrors in your bathroom! 1 stars
7/18/05 karen Hollywood reveals too much, and its sicking to see women with nothing on 1 stars
7/15/05 Kathy terPlugg If this is cool, be otherwise! Pretty Shitty. 2 stars
7/15/05 C Embarrassing 1 stars
7/10/05 Charlie Be Cool... don't watch this movie! 1 stars
6/15/05 Ross McNeil It doesn't get much worse then this. Acting, story, script - all terrible! 1 stars
6/13/05 Mike be over already. 1 stars
6/11/05 Charlie So boring, I fell asleep! 2 stars
6/11/05 sirol36 Love it 4 stars
6/10/05 Monday Morning For me, any movie with The Rock in it is automatically pretty crappy. 2 stars
6/08/05 Agent Sands Hollywood material is getting so bad now that even Elmore Leonard's work is being raped!!! 2 stars
5/18/05 Gina great movie, best of 2004 5 stars
5/10/05 Kathy terPlugg If this is cool, be otherwise! Pretty Shitty. 2 stars
4/09/05 Tanya Grays no relation to get shorty at all 1 stars
4/05/05 killbill03 Awful. Travolta is finished. Thurman should be ashamed. 1 stars
4/03/05 Eric a miserable experience to watch the cast, all of them sleepwalking through a so 1 stars
3/31/05 Roy Smith Again John and Uma a rap song? Gag x 10! 2 stars
3/26/05 hannaho A sad sequel to a really fun movie. 3 stars
3/11/05 Will Smith Aw, HELL no! 1 stars
3/11/05 cpbjr blah. so much less that get shorty. 3 stars
3/09/05 LarryV It's pretty bad when the best thing about a movie is Cedric the Entertainer. 2 stars
3/09/05 DJ SUCKED! I almost walked out! WASTE OF $$$! 1 stars
3/08/05 whatevr meh 3 stars
3/08/05 filmchic Thought about walking out. The Rock: redeeming. Makeup: horrible. Travolta: walks thru it 1 stars
3/07/05 KingNeutron Great fun, a movie that's not afraid to laugh at itself. And Debi Mazar is STILL hot! 5 stars
3/07/05 ad ok 3 stars
3/07/05 ajay This movie sucks and I ALMOST walked out. Vaughn was funny but barely in it. 2 stars
3/05/05 jeff kinda slow and drags with all the music and dancing. overall it was an ok film. 3 stars
3/05/05 Kristina Williams Not as good as Get Shorty, but still a fun time. 4 stars
3/05/05 dbx umm... it sucks. Expecting "Get Shorty"? prepare to be shockingly disappointed. 1 stars
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  04-Mar-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 14-Mar-2006



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