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Be Cool [DVD] [2005]


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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 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009V2A2G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,817 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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3.2 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 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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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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John Travolta and Uma Thurman reunite but Pulp Fiction this is not! This movie boasts a huge amount of stars along with Travolta and Thurman. Vince Vaughan and The Rock are espically good, in fact it is their union that gives this movie some much needed comedy. André 3000 is also really funny in an over the top way, however Harvey Keitel gives a poor performance and adds nothing of worth to this movie.

The music of course is excellent as is expected from a movie about music, Christian Milian is just so good and you will find your toes tapping along as she sings. The storyline lets the movie down, which is a shame as does the Travolta/Thurman pairing - they just don't seem to click right together this time, perhaps because of my overly high expectations after Pulp Fiction. At two hours long the movie seems to draw on a little long, it seems to get stuck half way through and takes nearly half an hour to get back on track.

The comedy from The Rock and Vaughan is really great stuff and I hope to see them pair again in the future. The Rock is surprisingly good at comedy and has no problem playing a gay guy!!!!! For a really good laugh see the extras "Music Video: The Rock as Elliot Willhelm, "You ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man." This will have you in physical pain because of the laughter, the DVD is worth the price for this extra alone! Plenty of extras are included and you could spend another hour watching them if interested enough.
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Good cast, good author to work from, good first film - what could go wrong..?

Well, to be honest, it seemed like none of the actors was given any direction or notes on character development (see Mamma Mia for what can happen to talented people and good music when left directionless ...brrrr...). This is a shame since it's a great cast who should be capable of great things. I have never before run forward a film starring the ever-watchable John Travolta.

Second, it is poorly paced and edited - flabby and lingering on things of no account.

Third, the story concerns taking a girl who can sing very nicely at the start of the film and building her into a cookie cutter Amercian Power Ballad girl, who can't hold an note for longer than a nano second without warbling all over the place. In other words a genuinely good voice made anonymous and irritating.

All in all, we did watch all the way through, but so much was predictable and dull we ran through lots of it. Not a complete dud (again - see "Mamma Mia"") but not what the classic "Get Shorty" deserved.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N Snow on 10 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
This is by no means a bad movie, it's pretty funny in places, its got a decent soundtrack, and it's fairly entertaining. However, it tries far too hard to adopt the same sense of humour of it's predecessor "Get Shorty", the result of which is a familiar plot full of copied jokes and lines from the first film.
The story follows Chilli Palmer (Tavolta) as he becomes involved in promoting Christina Milian's character as a professional musician. On the way he falls in love with his dead friend's (James Wood in an aweful cameo) wife Uma Thurman, who is really good in the roll, and very very attractive in her bathing suit! But he also has to avoid the russian mafia (?), a group of Hip Hop Gangstas headed by Andre 3000 from Outkast, as well as Harvey Keitel and Vince Vaughn who also want to produce Milian's first record. The tangled web of enemies is pretty well done, with all the bad guys ending up in trouble, and Travolta, Thurman and Milian striking large in the music industry.
The thing that really set's "Get Shorty" apart from this one is the cast, Gene Hackman was hilarious as "Harry Zimm", as was Dennis Farina as "Ray Bones", plus there was Delroy Lindo, James Gandolfini and the lovely Rene Russo. "Be Cool" is a mix up of actors and musicians in bad roles, with the exceptions of Thurman, Milian (Who is really lovely) and Andre 3000, who is actually pretty funny as the psychotic gangsta. However, Vince Vaughn's pimp character is ridiculously annoying, as is The Rock's gay bodygaurd character, and even Harvey Keitel and James Woods put in annoying performances. But the worst by far is Travolta, he's not really doing anything different here than he was in "Get Shorty", yet all the repeated lines and re-used jokes make his charcter loose so much of the cool credibility that he got from doing the first movie. It's a shame! I'd blame the writers personally.
So in conclusion, not a bad movie, but not as good as the original.
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