Be Cool

March 4th, 2005


Be Cool

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Chili (JOHN TRAVOLTA) talks with Martin Weir (DANNY DeVITO), ANNA NICOLE SMITH, and PHIL JACKSON after a Lakers game in MGM Pictures' comedy BE COOL.CHRISTINA MILIAN stars as Linda Moon in MGM Pictures' comedy BE COOL.Linda (CHRISTINA MILIAN) performs with Aerosmith rockers STEVEN TYLER (right) and JOE PERRY in MGM Pictures' comedy BE COOL.Elliot (THE ROCK) gets a new outfit in MGM Pictures' comedy BE COOL.Sin LaSalle (CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER, right), Dabu (ANDRÉ BENJAMIN, center), and the Dub MDs wave to Sin's daughter in MGM Pictures' comedy BE COOL.The BLACK EYED PEAS perform in MGM Pictures' comedy BE COOL.

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.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.6/10 (39,303 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Dwayne Johnson

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.

Writers: Elmore Leonard, Peter Steinfeld

John Travolta - Chili Palmer
Uma Thurman - Edie Athens
Vince Vaughn - Raji
Cedric the Entertainer - Sin LaSalle
André Benjamin - Dabu
Steven Tyler - Himself
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

Taglines: Everyone is looking for the next big hit


Official Website: MGM [United States] |

Release Date: 4 March 2005

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $23,450,212 (USA) (6 March 2005) (3216 Screens)

Gross: $55,808,744 (USA) (24 April 2005)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

When Sin LaSalle goes to call Raji after the threatening "prank" call, we get to see two of the numbers in Sin's cell phone directory. One is R. Lowenthal (Raji), the other is G. Gray - an obvious reference to director F. Gary Gray.

Continuity: Linda and Steven Tyler appear on stage for their song. In the first shot she's behind him to his right. In the next shot she's moved behind him to his left, may be a flip.

[first lines]
Chili Palmer: I hate sequels.

User Review

Get Shorty deserves better

Rating: 2/10

Get Shorty was an excellent film. It was funny and had the perfect balance of highly comical acting and a serious plot. Be Cool is like some cheap knock-off trying to pass for a sequel. John Travolta as Chili Palmer seems to have forgotten that he was ever in the mob. He plays it like he's a bored movie exec, rather than a bored movie exec who used to be a Shylock. Uma Thurman, great in nearly every role she's ever played, comes off as strained and confusing. Is she supposed to be ditzy or clever? The chemistry between her and Travolta is strained and uncomfortable. Other than that, just add every movie cliché you can think of. A well-educated rap producer by Cedric the Entertainer, an inept gangster wannabe in Andre 3000, the girl with heart, soul, and a good set of pipes in Christina Milian, a gimmicky black dude wannabe in Vince Vaughn, and a stupid celebrity cameo by Stephen Tyler. The only funny part was the Rock, who invents his own new cliché as a gay Samoan bodyguard actor wannabe. Probably the biggest crime is the plot: IT MAKES NO SENSE. Get Shorty was clever with Chili playing one group against another and coming out on top. But this film tries that with about a million different characters. And even Chili doesn't seem to know what's going on. Fans of Get Shorty be warned: this is a very different, very worse movie.


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