Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Chris Release date: March 4, 2005 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
John Travolta reprises his character, Chili Palmer in this sequel to 1995's Get Shorty. Instead of playing a mobster who was out to be a Hollywood movie producer in the original, now he wants to move into the music business and anything Chili wants, he seems to get.
The opening has Chili talking on a street corner with Tommy, played by James Woods in a very small role. He’s a crooked record producer who runs a company with his sexy wife, Edie (Ulma Thurman). Tommy is gunned down by a Russian gang and because Chili sees the shooter, he becomes a target for the Russians. In fact, it's just the beginning of dozens of strange and deadly characters that are after Chili to rub him out.
He decides to try his new career when he hears Linda Moon (Christina Milian) singing in a small club. He tells her he’ll manage her from now on, and the small matter that she already is under contract to a sleazy record producer (Harvey Keitel) and has a wacky agent named Raji (Vince Vaughn in a very over-the-top performance) makes no difference to Chili. He just saunters over to Raji, a white man who acts like a black man, and Elliot, Raji’s gay bodyguard (played by the Rock in a notable departure role) and karate chops Elliot in the chest for good measure.
Be Cool must allude to Chili’s personality and how he handles every crisis. He’s the epitome of “cool” as when everyone around him is brandishing guns or baseball bats, he calmly talks his overheated adversaries into backing down.
Travolta and Thurman breeze through this entertaining comedy with a bunch of funny, eccentric characters walking in and out of every scene. There’s something going on every minute and most of it is a lot of fun.