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      Be Cool

      2005, Comedy, 1h 59m

      170 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      Be Cool is tepid, square, and lukewarm; as a parody of the music business, it has two left feet. Read critic reviews

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      Having made the transition from gangster to movie producer, Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is ready for the next big move. Setting his sights on the music industry, Palmer enters a precarious business that has more than just temperamental musicians: Russian mobsters, rival producers and hit men are out to bring him down. From witnessing the murder of his friend (James Woods) to romancing a music executive's widow (Uma Thurman), it seems as though it might all fall apart, but Palmer has his ways.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Sensuality|Language|Sexual References|Violence)

      • Genre: Comedy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: F. Gary Gray

      • Producer: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, David Nicksay

      • Writer: Peter Steinfeld, Elmore Leonard

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $55.8M

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      • Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

      • Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

      • Sound Mix: Surround, Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

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      • May 28, 2015

        Based on the Elmore Leonard novel, Be Cool is a satirical crime thriller. After hearing a promising young singer at a night club movie producer Chili Palmer decides to go into the music business and producer her album, but first he'll have to get her record contract from a rival company and settle a debt with local gangsters. Starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Harvey Keitel, and The Rock, the film features an all-star cast. However, the characters are a little too lighthearted and silly. In fact the tone of the entire film lacks Leonard's typical edginess, and goes more for farce than satire. Still, Be Cool is fairly entertaining and delivers some good laughs.

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      • Jul 27, 2013

        It has a dynamic cast of actors, musicians and entertainers, but Be Cool can't deliver from the amount of starpower it possessed. The film is bland and has a giggle every now and then, but otherwise, just flat. 2/5

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      • Nov 25, 2011

        I dont remember a whole lot but I remember thinking, "What the hell is the movie even about?" The commercials boasted an all-star cast but that is all that it delivered. One forgettable, dry, and pretentious movie.

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      • Jun 29, 2011

        chili palmer deserved better then this trash. i loved the first film but this is a cheap cash in

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