Be Cool
Be Cool (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 4, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Be Cool is tepid, square, and lukewarm; as a parody of the music business, it has two left feet.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I was really glad when it was over.

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James Berardinelli

Be Cool lacks both a focus and an edge, making it an amorphous mess.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Be Cool isn't the biting satire that Get Shorty was. It's lighter, hipper, and, yes, more fun.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

One of the cuddliest, cutest movies you'll ever see about mobsters and murderers.

Stephanie Zacharek

The movie feels more like a cavalcade of personalities than anything resembling a story.

Joshua Starnes

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

You know a sequel isn't working when, ten minutes into the movie, a voice inside your head starts screaming, 'Please make it stop!'

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Watered-down sequel isn't meant for kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
It has a dynamic cast of actors, musicians and entertainers, but Be Cool can't deliver from the amount of starpower it possessed. The film is bland and has… More
Dead Angel
Loved the songs and it was funny (most of the time). And I must say, Rock was hilarious.
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22/07/2012 (DVD)
Conner Rainwater
It's one of those instances where you want to say "Nice Try", but this doesn't come close to having the magic of Get Shorty. While John… More
Albert Kim
I dont remember a whole lot but I remember thinking, "What the hell is the movie even about?" The commercials boasted an all-star cast but that is all… More
Adam Mahler
The depiction of the music business is so lazy and broad you have to wonder whether this is still a satire of Hollywood and the sequel hasn't really moved… More