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on 17 September 2005
It's a real shame. What could have been an amazing follow up to an outstanding adaptation of Elmore Leonard's work falls flat. Painfully so. The script feels like a rerun of Get Shorty but lacks the charm or humour. Perhaps the lengthy wait between this and the original is part of the problem. You get the sense that the actors are merely going through the motions. The jokes which were funny in the first instalment of Chili Palmer's life are now reused to ill effect. The plot revolves around Chili entering the music business following the death of his friend, former gangster Tommy Athens. In theory, it could have had the same satirical bite at the music industry as Get Shorty had for the movie business. Instead it goes for cheap, obvious laughs. The characters encountered come across as caricatures and despite the best efforts of Vince Vaughn, The Rock and Cedric the entertainer it is at times painful to watch. My personal favourite is the appalling cameo scene with Steven Tyler. The dialogue is so bad the embarrassment is almost tangible. Its noticeble that the successful adapters of Elmore Leonard's material, namely Scott Frank and Quentin Tarantino stayed as far away from the script as possible. The script lacks most of the razor sharp dialogue Elmore Leonard is famous for; instead, it relies on making repeated references Get Shorty as though this will, in part make the viewer remember why they liked Chili Palmer in the first place. Sadly, it isn't enough to carry the film. It is probably best for all concerned to forget Be Cool and instead revisit Get Shorty.
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