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  • Summary: John Travolta is back as Chili Palmer in Be Cool, a sequel to the comedy smash Get Shorty. This time, Chili becomes a different kind of "hit" man -- he abandons the movie industry to bring his wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics to the music business. (MGM)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 38
  2. Negative: 15 out of 38
  1. It's instantly forgettable, but smooth fun most of the way.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Despite a cast and production that seem to promise one of the year's first movies of any note, Cool never translates its promo-photo flashiness into authenticity on screen.
  3. The author is not to blame. Published in 1999, "Be Cool" is hipper, cooler and better than "Get Shorty," but everything hipper, cooler and better about it is either missing from the film or camped-up beyond recognition.
  4. A hapless comedy that already seems about ten years out of date, Be Cool is a curious failure.
  5. 38
    A classic species of bore: a self-referential movie with no self to refer to. One character after another, one scene after another, one cute line of dialogue after another, refers to another movie, a similar character, a contrasting image, or whatever.
  6. Recycling is a good idea in principle, but certain products should be sent directly to a landfill without re-use. Be Cool, the feeble film follow-up to "Get Shorty," is one of them.
  7. 0
    Be Cool proves that when "cool" evaporates all it leaves are embarrassing little puddles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 54
  2. Negative: 29 out of 54
  1. nasc
    May 23, 2009
    amazing movie, ridiculously funny,travolta was class ,keitel was the funniest ive ever seen him,too funny,vince vaghn was fantastic perfect role for him and generally very well made movie,funny and not trying to be serious, just great Expand
  2. SönkeA.
    Feb 11, 2008
    Nice Movie!
  3. Jay
    Sep 17, 2005
    Hardly the best movie of the year, but you have to give this film props. Be Cool, is a cool, funny, up beat film that picks up after just 10 mins. Christina Milian is excellent as the popstar trying to make it big in the star studded capital! Uma Thurman sizzles in the role of Record exec while John Travolta reprises his role as Chilli Palmer, the coolest guy of them all. The whole cast do a terrific job of bringing the wacky characters to life, with Andre 3000 and Cedric The Entertainer, to The Rock (a gay bodyguard) and Steve Tyler. Be Cool won't be winning any oscars but if your looking for abit of fun on a saturday night and have a few dollars rent this movie, (or buy it) you will not be disappointed! Expand
  4. Sam
    Oct 15, 2005
    A terrifyingly boring, pathetic, and uncool sequel to the classic Get Shorty. Sure the Rock and Chilly Palmer are cool, and Christina Millian has a good voice and knows how to do the piano, but whenit comes to lirics she just plain sucks. Expand
  5. JasonB
    Mar 10, 2009
    Quite possibly the worst film I've ever seen.... its excruciating in oarts.
  6. EricS
    Feb 22, 2007
    The move had no base. The plot was lost and there was poor acting bu actors that i wanted much more from. the movie did have its good moments but all in all it was a poor movie. Expand
  7. ou812me
    Sep 24, 2006
    Still can't actually believe how bad this movie is.

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