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Be Cool (4-Mar-2005)

Director: F. Gary Gray

Writer: Peter Steinfeld

From novel: Be Cool by Elmore Leonard

Keywords: Crime/Comedy

Sequel to 1995's Get Shorty follows mobster-cum-movie producer Chili Palmer as he tries his hand at the music industry.

ABSTRACT
Sequel to (broken link, @movie:get-shorty-1995) (1995). Filmmaker Chili Palmer, bored with his career and emboldened by the mob-related murder of record-company-owning friend Tommy Athens, decides to switch gears in his life by jumping into the music industry, assisting Tommy's widow Edie to clear debts owed to a hip-hop producer and resurrect the company's fortunes through the promising career of young singer/songwriter Linda Moon. Palmer runs into a cast of unsavory characters as he seeks to succeed in the business, pursuing a curious romance with Edie along the way.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Paul Adelstein
Actor
29-Apr-1969   Prison Break
Scott Adsit
Actor
26-Nov-1965   Pete Hornberger on 30 Rock
André 3000
Musician
27-May-1975   The skinny half of OutKast
Kimberly J. Brown
Actor
16-Nov-1984   Halloweentown
Danny DeVito
Actor
17-Nov-1944   Short loudmouth from Taxi
Fred Durst
Musician
20-Aug-1970   Lead singer of Limp Bizkit
Cedric the Entertainer
Comic
24-Apr-1964   The Steve Harvey Show
Stacy Ferguson
Singer
27-Mar-1975   Fergie from Black Eyed Peas
Wyclef Jean
Musician
17-Oct-1972   One third of The Fugees, Preacher's Son
Arielle Kebbel
Actor
19-Feb-1985   The Grudge 2
Harvey Keitel
Actor
13-May-1939   Pimp from Taxi Driver
Debi Mazar
Actor
15-Aug-1964   Meet Wally Sparks
Sergio Mendes
Musician
11-Feb-1941   Bossa Nova bandleader
Christina Milian
Singer
26-Sep-1981   AM To PM
Robert Pastorelli
Actor
21-Jun-1954 8-Mar-2004 Housepainter on Murphy Brown
Joe Perry
Guitarist
10-Sep-1950   Lead guitarist for Aerosmith
The Rock
Actor
2-May-1972   Yeah, yeah -- we smell it
The RZA
Music Producer
5-Jul-1969   Wu-Tang Clan
Nicole Scherzinger
Dancer
29-Jun-1978   The Pussycat Dolls
Gene Simmons
Bassist
25-Aug-1949   Blood-spouting KISS bassist
Anna Nicole Smith
Model
28-Nov-1967 8-Feb-2007 Addled golddigger
Uma Thurman
Actor
29-Apr-1970   Kill Bill: Vol. 1
John Travolta
Actor
18-Feb-1954   Saturday Night Fever
Steven Tyler
Singer
26-Mar-1948   Frontman for Aerosmith
Vince Vaughn
Actor
28-Mar-1970   Swingers
will.i.am
Rapper
15-Mar-1975   Black Eyed Peas
James Woods
Actor
18-Apr-1947   Casino, Any Given Sunday

REVIEWS

Review by anonymous (posted on 14-Sep-2006)

The only thing that made this DVD worhtwhile for me was getting it for free at my local library. It was made in 2004 and was not released til 2006. Maybe that was a clue. I saw the original "Get Shorty" and enjoyed it, but in this so-called sequel, John Travolta as Chili Palmer was just "phoning it in." The same could be said for Uma Thurman who I usually like in anything. The plot was jumbled and incoherent. The inside jokes scattered haphazardly throughout the film were confusing, and alienated the audience. Some of the actors unbearably mugged the camera so much that I had to wipe my screen off from time to time. It was painful to watch hoping that it would get better. They actually talked about making a movie inside the movie about an up and coming singer and then actually made this movie about an up and coming singer. Was that the plot? Who knows? The amount of product placement was overwhelming from actual scenes playing up to the advertiser as well as a main character wearing a Dairy Queen uniform. The film finally did get better. It ended.


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