Be Cool

Theatrical Release: March 4, 2005
Be Cool


“Be Cool” is the sequel to “Get Shorty,” which hit the screens in 1995. The cool Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is transitioning into the music industry after a successful but tiring venture in movies. Edie Athens (Uma Thurman), a widowed music producer, teams with Chili to launch the career of talented Linda Moon (Christina Milian). Unfortunately for Moon, she is under contract with Nick Carr (Harvey Keitel) and managed by the bumbling Raji (Vince Vaughn). Playing it cool, Chili is able to steal Moon away but must fend off those who want to end his life: the Russian Mob and a team of gangsta rappers led by Sin LaSalle (Cedric the Entertainer). With Edie’s record company in debt after mismanagement by her deceased husband, she and Chili need a big break. Fortunately, he has just the right connections to make Moon’s career soar.

Dove Review

The Rock and Vince Vaughn were hilarious in this film as was Cedric the Entertainer. Those, combined with some clever actions of Chili Palmer (Travolta), were the only benefits of sitting through “Be Cool.” The movie just dragged on too long (I know two hours isn’t long, but it seemed that way). I think the film should have committed to being a full comedy since there was not much action or thrills. The movie brought much anticipation, especially being a sequel, but there are many movies more worth the money than this one.

I almost needed ear plugs for this movie. The language alone is enough to not approve the next five sequels with over 140 obscene words/phrases. There were also many sexual innuendos and content. I’m glad I just bought some soap because I needed it to wash the filth off when I got home. If they decide to make a third film, I suggest they cool it with the excessive adult content. I do not recommend viewing this film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Gunfire shown; man shot; scenes with fighting; man beaten to death with a bat.
Sex: Woman talks of days as a groupie with Aerosmith; several scenes of seductive dancing; song in background about “sexing.”
Language: S-39; A-28; B-24; GD-14; H-12; D-11, "Niggas"-10; J/JC-3; F-2; Faggots-3; many other slang terms for gays also used.
Violence: Gunfire shown; man shot; scenes with fighting; man beaten to death with a bat.
Drugs: Many scenes with drinking and smoking cigarettes.
Nudity: Dancers in club dressed seductively; woman’s bare back shown; woman shown in short skirt; dancers at strip club (no nudity shown).
Other: None


Company: MGM/UA
Director: F. Gary Gray
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 114 min.
Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer
Reviewer: Bradley B. Klinge