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Be Cool (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

A movie directed by F. Gary Gray

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  • Sep 27, 2006
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I am amazed at all these bad reviews. Whereas maybe it was not on the same level as Get Shorty, there wre some captivating scenes. John Travolta and The Rock alone make this film reasonable. The back and forth hustles by all these hitmen can get a bit annoying. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the laughs and a decent storyline. Nothing that is going to win acadmy awards but certainly a nice light movie.

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review by . September 05, 2006
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 …
review by . March 03, 2005
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Pros: Great Characters and The Rock     Cons: Thurman is underused, may be to over the top for some.     The Bottom Line: A very nice surprise and filled with laughs.     It has been ten years since audiences last saw Chili Palmer (John Travolta) a former criminal who uses his criminal experiences to become a successful film producer. The how and why Chili made this transition was documented in the 1995 film “Get Shorty”.    …
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Be Cooltakes 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 comedyGet 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 ofGet Shortybut 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
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Director: F. Gary Gray
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
Runtime: 118 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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