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Running Time:
1 hour, 52 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for violence, sensuality, and language including sexual references

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A big disappointment. One of the weakest sequels in years.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: "Be Cool, Very Cool" making-of documentary; Deleted scenes; Gag reel; Music video: The Rock as Elliot Wilhelm, "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man"; Close-up featurette: John and Uma's dance sequence; Close-up featurette: The Rock; Close-up featurette: André 3000; Close-up featurette: Cedric the Entertainer; Close-up featurette: Christina Milian.

Be Cool
John Travolta is back as Chili Palmer in this sequel to the 1995 comedy hit Get Shorty. This time, Chili becomes a different kind of "hit" man - he gives up making movies to bring his wiseguy tactics and negotiating skills to the music business. The sequel opens with Travolta's character dissing the whole notion of sequels, and later Aerosmith's Steven Tyler turns up to explain why at this stage in his career he doesn't need to turn up in a movie. "Be Cool" has that sense of humor. When a friend is offed while they're having lunch, Chili takes the opportunity to visit the guy's wife, Edie (Uma Thurman), and pitch himself as her new business partner at an independent record label. With a promising young pop-star-in-training as his protégé (Christina Milian), Chili has to juggle her faux-urban manager (Vince Vaughn), his gay, wannabe-actor bodyguard (The Rock), Russian mobsters, and an eloquent gangsta music producer (Cedric the Entertainer) to save the label and land a hit - and keep from getting popped himself. Director F. Gary Gray encourages his cast to treat the material as a jumping-off point for major clowning. Best at the assignment are Vaughn, who's never been better playing physical comedy, and Andre Benjamin (of the Grammy-winning OutKast), amusing as a dysfunctional gangsta. Travolta, all in black, and Thurman, often all in red, again make a great couple (ala Pulp Fiction), even getting up for a brief turn on the dance floor though they probably should have sat the number out. Cedric the Entertainer is good, but his character is overboard even for this parody. The Rock has a ball spoofing his own tough guy image. Christina Milian as Travolta's protégé, a promising young pop-star-in-training has talent and beauty to spare, though she is stuck playing the only normal character in the movie. A lot of effort went into creating the impression of casualness, but the film fails in almost every other way.

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