Be Cool Movie Review
This is my second attempt at writing a review for this movie. You know, it's hard writing a review for a movie you watched two weeks ago, especially when it's as plain as "Be Cool." A sequel to "Get Shorty," "Be Cool" provides the same kind of jokes only with less frequency, and once again we are forced to ask why did anyone think a sequel was necessary?
Travolta resumes his role as Chili Palmer, who if memory servers was a loan shark turned into a movie producer. But the movie business has grown old, so he sets his sights on a new industry - the music industry - and he has found just the beautiful and talented singer that will take him to the top (Christinia Milian). So, he becomes her new agent and gets her a record deal with a record company (run by Uma Thurman) - the only catch is that she has already signed a contract with a sleazy white agent who thinks he's black (Vince Vaughn), who has a gay bodyguard who wants to be an actor even though his only talent is the ability to raise one eyebrow (The Rock), who both work for a sleazy record producer who will do just about anything to get his singer back (Harvey Keitel). Oh, and throw in a suburban rapper who is willing to kill to get his money (Cedric the Entertainer), and you've got yourself a movie.
"Be Cool" isn't particularly bad, and it does have several moments that are pretty funny. Travolta isn't anything special, but Millian and Thurman are both pretty hot which make up for his shortcomings. The two reasons you'd really want to see "Be Cool," however, are Vaughn and The Rock (why can't you just change your name back to Dwayne Johnson - your mother would be so proud). Both are absolutely hilarious, and it's great to see The Rock poking fun at himself.
Unfortunately, they're only supporting characters, and the rest of the movie doesn't fare so well. The first two acts are pretty decent - never especially memorable but decent - but the third act loses all focus. The third act gets dragged down by a bunch of competing storylines that never really seem to mesh in a way we'd want them to, and the comedy gets lost amidst a series of musical numbers and other stupid time-fillers. Apparently, the writers never figured out how to end their movie.
For fans of "Get Shorty," "Be Cool" might have its moments, and there are definitely worse rentals on the shelves right now, but this film will long be forgotten in a year and to no surprise.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.