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Underworld hipster Chili Palmer is back in the entertainment business in this sequel to the 1995 hit Get Shorty, which like the first film is based on a novel by Elmore Leonard. Gangster-turned-movie producer Chili (once again played by John Travolta) has grown tired of the screen trade, especially after his latest project turned out to be a box-office flop. Chili is looking for new horizons and thinks he may have found his niche when his close friend Tommy Athens (James Woods), a fellow mobster who runs an independent record label, is murdered by Russian gangsters. Chili takes over… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I was really glad when it was over."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Be Cool lacks both a focus and an edge, making it an amorphous mess."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Be Cool isn't the biting satire that Get Shorty was. It's lighter, hipper, and, yes, more fun."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Self-mocking jokes prevail in F. Gary Gray's feisty cinematic version of Elmore Leonard's irreverent Los Angeles based novel."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Nothing here feels authentic--not the occasionally funny thugs or the supposed 'street cred' vibe that hits like a thud."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"One of the cuddliest, cutest movies you'll ever see about mobsters and murderers."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The movie feels more like a cavalcade of personalities than anything resembling a story."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Be Cool sounds like it should be good, or at least entertaining, but it's neither. It does have some genuinely fun moments, but lacks a strong narrative to hang them off of. The result is empty, full of contrivances, and ultimately unsatisfying."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"click to read review [Greek]"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Less like a story than an assemblage of moments and top-notch character acting, but as far as cinematic trifles go, it's guilt-free."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"You know a sequel isn't working when, ten minutes into the movie, a voice inside your head starts screaming, 'Please make it stop!'"
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's kind of -- hmmmm, less than good, a little better than not bad, almost all right, mediocre without being grating, sort of in the C-minus-to-C-minus-minus range."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Watered-down sequel isn't meant for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The characters are still engaging, but the story is a mess this time around."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"There's some fun to be had here, but measured against Get Shorty, the movie doesn't fare so well."
‑ Austin O'Connor, Lowell Sun
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