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Be Cool is a 2005 American crime-comedy film adapted from Elmore Leonard's 1999 novel of the same name and the sequel to Leonard's 1990 novel Get Shorty (itself adapted into a 1995 film of the same name) about mobster Chili Palmer's entrance into the music industry.
The film adaptation of Be Cool began production in 2003. It was directed by F. Gary Gray, produced by Danny DeVito (who produced and co-starred in the first film), and starred John Travolta, reprising his role from the first film. The film opened in March 2005 and was released to video and DVD distribution on June 7, 2005. This was Robert Pastorelli's final film, as he died one year before its theatrical release.

Plot

Chili Palmer, restless after years of filmmaking, enters the music industry after witnessing the Russian mob execute his friend Tommy Athens, owner of a record company. Chili offers to help Tommy's widow, Edie Athens, manage the failing business, which owes $300,000 to hip-hop producer Sin LaSalle.
Chili is impressed by singer Linda Moon and helps free her from contractual obligations to Nick Carr and Raji, who has a gay Samoan bodyguard named Elliot, an aspiring actor and the butt of Carr and Raji's homophobic jokes. Carr and Raji hire a hitman, Joe "Loop" Lupino to kill Chili before he can save Edie's company by arranging a live performance for Linda along with Steven Tyler and Aerosmith.
Lasalle demands payment of the $300,000, but agrees to give Chili a few days to get the money plus the vig. When the Russians attempt to kill Chili, Joe Loop mistakenly kills Ivan Argianiyev, the Russian Mob's hitman. Carr is furious about the mistake and demands that Raji talks to Loop at once. Raji then kills Loop with a metal baseball bat after Loop "disrespects" him.
Carr then tries to trick Chili by handing him a pawn ticket, claiming that Linda's contract is being held at a pawn shop owned by the Russians. Chili being much smarter than Carr anticipated, has Edie give the ticket to the police, who pay the Russians a visit. Raji and Elliot set up LaSalle by making him believe that Carr tricked Chili in giving him the $300,000 to get Linda's contract. LaSalle and the DubMD confront Carr in his office, as do Bulkin and his men. Insulted by Bulkin's racist remarks, LaSalle kills him.
Chili squeezes in a dance scene with Edie (a nod to the "Twist Contest" scene in Pulp Fiction), celebrating as Linda Moon gets to make her appearance with Aerosmith in concert. Based on Linda's success in that concert, Chili assuages LaSalle by making him her producer.
But Carr is not accepting any deal, so he makes Raji put Elliot to kill Chili. By assuring Elliot that he can help his acting career, Chili befriends him. After learning that Chili had gotten him an audition for a Nicole Kidman film, Elliot turns on Raji, who had erased the message on his answering machine. For all his smooth talking and flamboyant wardrobe, Raji finds himself in a firework conflagration which roasts him live on camera. Carr is arrested on murder charges when Chili makes sure he is caught with the bat used to kill Joe Loop, via another pawn ticket.
At the MTV Video Music Awards, Linda wins the awards for best new artist and video of the year. During her acceptance speech, she thanks Edie, Sin and Chili. Edie and Chili leave the award ceremony. And as Chili drives off, he passes a billboard revealing that Elliot is the co-star of a new movie with Nicole Kidman.

Cast


  • John Travolta as Chili Palmer
  • Uma Thurman as Edie Athens
  • Vince Vaughn as Roger "Raji" Lowenthal
  • Cedric the Entertainer as Sin LaSalle
  • André Benjamin as Dabu
  • Robert Pastorelli as Joseph "Joe Loop" Lupino
  • Christina Milian as Linda Moon
  • Paul Adelstein as Hyman Gordon
  • Debi Mazar as Marla
  • Dwayne Johnson as Elliot Wilhelm
  • Gregory Alan Williams as Darryl
  • Harvey Keitel as Nick Carr
  • Danny DeVito as Martin Weir
  • Seth Green as Shotgun
  • James Woods as Tommy Athens
  • Alex Kubik as Roman Bulkin
  • George Fisher as Ivan Argianiyev
  • Serdar Kalsin as Semyon
  • Anthony J. Ribustello as Fast Freddie
  • Carol Duboc as Pumpkin
  • Minae Noji as Miss Bangkok
  • Arielle Kebbel as Robin
  • Kimberly J. Brown as Tiffany
  • Margaret Travolta as Marge
  • Scott Adsit as Program Director
  • Nick Loren as Assistant Director
  • Shanell Woodgett as Music Video Dancer
  • Dan Brown as Concert Goer

Cameos


  • Aerosmith (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer)
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Sergio Mendes
  • The Black Eyed Peas (will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo, apl.de.ap)
  • Gene Simmons
  • RZA
  • Fred Durst
  • Anna Nicole Smith
  • The Pussycat Dolls (Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Kasey Campbell)
  • Russ Irwin

Soundtrack

The film's soundtrack was released on March 1, 2005.
Songs featured in the film but not included on the soundtrack are:
  • "Act a Ass" E-40
  • "Autumn Blue"
  • "Best of My Love" Christina Milian, Carol Duboc, and Minae Noji
  • "Beethoven's 9th" Dean Hurley
  • "Brazilian Day" XMAN
  • "Chattanooga Choo Choo" Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums
  • "Cooliest" Jimi Englund
  • "Cryin'" Aerosmith and Christina Milian
  • "Deanstone" Dean Hurley
  • "(Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone" Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums
  • "Heistus Interruptus"
  • "Kiss Me" Sixpence None the Richer
  • "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" Bob Dylan
  • "Lady Marmalade Carol Duboc and Minae Noji
  • "La Primavera"
  • "Melbourne Mansion"
  • "Marvelous Things" Eisley (video visible in background)
  • "Me So Horny" 2 Live Crew
  • "Moving On"
  • "Praia de Genipabu" Barbara Mendes
  • "Rock It Like Diss" Jahmaal Rashad
  • "Santa Monica Man" Dean Hurley
  • "Short Pimp" Noah Lifschey and Dylan Berry
  • "Strings in Velvet" Manfred Minnich
  • "Travel Russia #2" The Dollhouse Players
  • "Wild Out" Cheming (featuring XMAN)

Release

Box office

On a production budget of $53 million, Be Cool grossed $56,046,979 in North American and $39,169,077 internationally, totaling up to $95,216,056 worldwide.

Critical reception

Be Cool received a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 171 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Be Cool is tepid, square, and lukewarm; as a parody of the music business, it has two left feet." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 37 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." Halliwell called it "a palpable miss, a movie so lazy and laid back that it falls over; there are none of those insights ... that made Get Shorty so enjoyable"."Halliwell's Film Guide"
In an August 2015 interview with Deadline, director F. Gary Gray discussed the failure of the film, stating: "With Be Cool, I made some assumptions in thinking that movie was going to work. I'd just made a successful PG-13 movie The Italian Job, and when I walked into Be Cool, it was rated R and then at the last minute in preproduction I was told, 'Well, you have to make this PG-13.' I should have walked off the film. This was a movie about shylocks and gangsta rappers and if you can't make that world edgy, you probably shouldn't do it. I walked in thinking I was going to make one movie and then it changed. Maybe it was arrogant of me to think because I had success in this realm of PG-13 I could make that work".https://deadline.com/2015/08/f-gary-gray-straight-outta-compton-q-and-a-1201498938/

External links


Category:2005 films
Category:2000s crime comedy films
Category:2005 LGBT-related films
Category:2000s satirical films
Category:American crime comedy films
Category:American films
Category:American LGBT-related films
Category:American satirical films
Category:American sequel films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films about music and musicians
Category:Films based on works by Elmore Leonard
Category:Films directed by F. Gary Gray
Category:Films scored by John Powell
Category:Films set in Los Angeles
Category:Films shot in Los Angeles
Category:Films shot in Massachusetts
Category:Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films
Category:Russian-language films
Category:Films produced by Danny DeVito
Category:2005 comedy films
 
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