Be Cool (2005)
My Rating: 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Musical gangsta movie-making chaos !”
In this sequel to the 1995 mobster comedy GET SHORTY, John Travolta returns as Chili Palmer, a smooth-talking loanshark turned successful movie producer. But he’s tired of the film industry, and so… In this sequel to the 1995 mobster comedy GET SHORTY, John Travolta returns as Chili Palmer, a smooth-talking loanshark turned successful movie producer. But he’s tired of the film industry, and so he sets his sights on the music business, teaming up with music producer Edie (Uma Thurman)–the widow of a recently murdered colleague.
Seeing great potential in an up-and-coming singer named Linda Moon (Christina Milian), Chili makes it his goal to rescue the young talent from her sleazy manager Raji (Vince Vaughn), and make her a star. But it doesn’t take long for Chili to realize that in the music industry, not everybody plays by the rules. Combining organized crime and record label know-how as they infiltrate the music industry, Chili and Edie (Thurman) must free Moon from her contract with Raji and record label exec Nick Carr (Harvey Keitel), while fending off the Russian mafia and a whole slew of enemies, played by Cedric the Entertainer, and Andre Benjamin (of OutKast), among others.
Director F. Gary Gray casts The Rock against type as Raji’s flamboyant, aspiring-actor bodyguard, Elliot. In fact, the film’s most humorous scene might be when Elliot breaks into Edie’s home in order to show Chili a monologue from the film BRING IT ON.
Overall, the film’s tone is a self-referential one, established in the first five minutes by Chili’s complaints over the nature of sequels and the PG-13 rating system itself. From here on out, the film’s humor becomes more and more dependent on the audiences knowledge of all things pop culture, with a dance scene between Travolta and Thurman recalling their memorable pairing in PULP FICTION.