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  • Actors: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, André 3000
  • Directors: F. Gary Gray
  • Producers: Danny DeVito, David Nicksay, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009V2A2G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,766 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Disenchanted with the movie industry, Chili Palmer (John Travolta) tries the music industry, meeting and romancing a widow of a music exec (Uma Thurman) on the way.

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Be Cool takes its own advice: It's slick, Hollywood entertainment that kills two amusing hours with relative ease and comfort. Better than leftovers but not as tasty as a full-course meal, this sequel to 1995's hit comedy Get Shorty (and based on Elmore Leonard's 1999 sequel novel) finds former loan shark Chili Palmer (John Travolta) itching to get out of the movie business, so he hooks up with a newly widowed music executive (Uma Thurman) to launch the career of an up-'n-coming Beyoncé-like singer (newcomer Christina Milian). A mock-black manager (Vince Vaughn), his sleazy boss (Harvey Keitel), and an upscale gangsta-rap executive (Cedric the Entertainer) all have a competing stake in the fast-rising pop diva's future, and this sets the plot rolling in a fun but rather hand-me-down fashion that lacks the savvy panache of Get Shorty but still provides plenty of lightweight humor. The Rock and Outkast's André Benjamin provide the best laughs in supporting roles that effortlessly relieve the movie from the symptoms of sequelitis. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles G. on 3 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Be Cool has a similar feel to Get Shorty, but the plot is not quite so clever. None the less it makes for enjoyable viewing and I didn't feel I had wasted my time by renting it. John Travolta is right at home in his role - oozing confidence through out the film. There are lots of other top actors and singers in here as well and they all look as if they are really enjoying themselves. I would recommend this even if if is not quite as good as Get Shorty.
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By bernie VINE VOICE on 29 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I new this movie was made for TV but I figured that with so many well know actors that it would rival real movies. I was wrong. It was quite formula and many of the actors just walked through their parts.

Chili Palmer (John Travolta "Grease" (1978)) ex-shylock goes from movie producer to record producer with the discovery of a suppressed singer Linda Moon (Christina Milian.) Naturally, she is under contract to a bad guy. Well so it does not look too simple or like some second rate musical, we through in a black want-to-be, a black gangster singing group, and even the Russian mafia.

One of the main catalysts and the reason to watch this is Uma Thurman who played Irene Cassini in "GATTACA" (1997), and has done the impossible by just keeps looking cuter with age.

Danny DeVito must think he is Alfred Hitchcock as he makes his cameo in the movie.

All in all, it is watchable. Buy Blu-ray when you can but do not expect the acting to get any better.

GATTACA [Blu-ray] ~ Uma Thurman
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By bernie VINE VOICE on 15 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
I new this movie was made for TV but I figured that with so many well know actors that it would rival real movies. I was wrong. It was quite formula and many of the actors just walked through their parts.

Chili Palmer (John Travolta "Grease" (1978)) ex-shylock goes from movie producer to record producer with the discovery of a suppressed singer Linda Moon (Christina Milian.) Naturally she is under contract to a bad guy. Well so it does not look too simple or like some second rate musical, we through in a black want-to-be, a black gangster singing group, and even the Russian mafia.

One of the main catalysts and the reason to watch this is Uma Thurman who played Irene Cassini in "GATTACA" (1997), and has done the impossible by just keeps looking cuter with age.

Danny DeVito must think he is Alfred Hitchcock as he makes his cameo in the movie.

All in all it is watchable. Buy Blu-ray when yu can but do not expect the acting to get any better.
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I could not believe how lame this sequel was. We seem to spend hours watching the girl sing - first in the nightclub, then in the studio, and then with Aerosmith - which was all very nice for those who have acquired an appreciation for this young girl's style of singing.

The narrative was limp. At no time during the story was Chili Palmer in any type of real peril. And there you go. There is the deficiency. If you have the main protagonist encountering no major setback, then what kind of narrative is being related? Chili Palmer got out of bed, did some stuff, had his dinner, then went back to bed. Well, yeah, that's the story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 4 July 2007
Format: DVD
Before I saw this sequel, I had heard and read that it was a terrible film. However, Be Cool is still an enjoyable comedy even if it's not as good as the original. It's full of so much self-deprecating humor that you can't help but cut it a break. I laughed quite a few times, and there are a lot of fun moments.

However, the film is a bit uneven. The movie tries hard to find the humor in hit men and quirky characters, but it often seems to be trying a bit too hard. 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.

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 done an average job in his role but his performance was kind of dull. 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. Andre 3000 had some funny moments and done a decent job as well. 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.
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Get Shorty was great, but this movie is just terrible – it’s like they have tried to cash in on the success of Get Shorty by replicating the storyline and just changing a few things, replacing ‘the movie business’ with ‘the music business’, taking funny and interesting characters and replacing them with dull and boring characters (the gangsters), AND replacing a clever and sharp storyline with an utterly boring and predictable one. All very contrived and done badly to boot! I normally like John Travolta’s cool, but this made me cringe!
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