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Chili Palmer is back. After his successful movie producing venture takes off, he decides that he wants out of the movie business. When his friend, and record producer, is killed by the Russian mafia, Chili helps his friend's widow with their music label.After being floored with an up-and-coming singer, Chili moves to sign her to his friend's label dispite the fact that she is under contract with another company.

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  • Actors: John Travolta, Vince Vaughn, Cedric The Entertainer, Andre Benjamin
  • Directors: F.Gary Gray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Color, Digital Sound, DTS Surround Sound, Dolby
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XFZ4HC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2005
When I told friends that I would be attending a sneak preview of the sequel to GET SHORTY, every single one said the same thing (in more or less these words): "Was there really any demand for a sequel?" They had a point, since I must confess that although I remember more or less enjoying GET SHORTY, I can not remember a single thing that happened in the original. I remember it starred John Travolta, Danny DeVito, and Delroy Lindo, but not much else. Having said that, I must admit that I enjoyed BE COOL. It is not a masterpiece, and very likely I won't remember much of it a few months after having seen it, but for the hundred or so minutes that I watched it I found myself laughing much of the time, and all in all having a good time.

Basically, BE COOL sets out to be an enjoyable light comedy, and it succeeds. It features a large and largely excellent cast having a pretty good time. The only real returning cast member from GET SHORTY is John Travolta (though Danny DeVito has a few cameos) as Chilli Palmer, former shylock turned movie producer, and who now wants to get into the music business after having become disenchanted with the movies. He gets his opportunity when a friend (played briefly by James Woods) tells him about a great young musical talent he wants to get into the movies, and who on Woods's death becomes his charge. Well, more or less, for much of the movie revolves around who is going to be Linda Moon's (played appealing by Christina Milian) manager.
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The title Be Cool is ironic because the film isn't as cool as Get Shorty. Be Cool, unlike Get Shorty, takes a while to get going. But when it does, Be Cool is a very funny movie. Being a much bigger film fan than a fan of the music scene, I got more of the jokes in Get Shorty. Still, it's a worthy sequel.

I do miss Rene Russo, Gene Hackman and Dennis Farina from the original. Russo is still sexy at 51. Hackman is one of the finest actors in film history, able to do comedy and drama equally well. And Farina always adds greatly to whatever project he's in. But Uma Thurman, Cedric the Entertainer and Harvey Keitel do an admirable job in essentially the same roles (Thurman's first scene, in a skimpy bikini, is sure to arouse any man with a pulse). Vince Vaughn is pretty funny as a white guy who thinks he's black although the routine gets tired by the end of the movie. And the late Robert Pastorelli, in his last role, is as funny as usual as a mob hitman who makes eating cole slaw one of the most nauseating experiences imaginable.

However, The Rock steals the show from just about everyone as Vaughn's musclebound gay bodyguard. I didn't like The Scorpion King at all and wondered what all the hype regarding The Rock was about. After seeing Be Cool, I understand. The Rock hits all of the right notes in a role that is essentially self-satire, right down to the raised eyebrow. He creates a very likable character without becoming a buffoonish oaf. In fact, a couple of the biggest laughs in the film are The Rock's towards the end of the film.

But of course, the film succeeds primarily because of John Travolta's ultra-cool reprise of Chilli Palmer. Played by a lesser actor, Palmer could come off as cocky and arrogant and immediately lose the audience's sympathy.
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John Travolta, Vince Vaughn, Uma Thurman, Cedric the Entertainer, Danny DeVito, and The Rock are just a few of the stars in this comedy sequel to Get Shorty. This time, gangster Chili Palmer leaves the movie business for the music industry where he ends up promoting a struggling singer, pursued by the Russian mafia. Uma Thurman and John Travolta's last collaboration (Pulp Fiction) was a great success. Add music, singing, dancing, gangster, and over-the-top performances from Vince Vaughn and The Rock, then you have a movie that is filled with entertainment, action, and comedy. With this cast and the right amount of silliness, not too much as in Get Shorty, this might be the blockbuster of the week. With a cast of action star heavies like Travolta, Thurman, Vaughn, and The Rock, we have a good bet that there will be more action with a good sense of humor.
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With the success of the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel and the 1995 film "Get Shorty", there was no doubt that Leonard's sequel would be made.

With many of Leonard's stories being made to films from "3:10 to Yuma" and "The Tall T" and the TV series "Justified", the gangster film "Get Shorty" was a box office success and also received nominations in the American Film Institute's "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs" but also "AFI's 10 Top 10'.

To preface a little about what "Get Shorty" was all about, the film focused on a Miami Loan Shark named Chili Palmer (played by John Travolta) who clashes with another mobster. In the film, Palmer meets with an actor named Martin Weir (played by Danny DeVito) to star in his life story. In the film, Palmer is supposed to collect a lot of money but because of his movie ambitions, people want their money back and end up pursuing each other.

This now leads to "Be Cool", a comedy film produced by Danny De Vito and directed by F. Gary Gray ("The Italian Job", "Law Abiding Citizen", "The Negotiator", "Friday") and a loosely based screenplay adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel by Peter Steinfeld ("21', "Analyze That", "Drowning Mona").

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"Be Cool" is presented in 1080p High Definition (widescreen 2:40:1). Picture quality for the film is absolutely vibrant. There are plenty of colors seen through the film but also detail galore. Skin tones are natural, black levels are nice and deep. I didn't notice any blemishes, artifacting or any problems with the film whatsoever. The film looks great on Blu-ray!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

"Be Cool" is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Surround and French 5.1 DTS HD.
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