I watched this movie thinking it would be amusingly entertaining, slightly comical and probably whimsical – wow can I be misled!
The premise is … Be Cool takes its own advice: It’s slick, Hollywood entertainment that kills two amusing hours with relative ease and comfort. Better than leftovers but not as tasty as a full-course meal, this sequel to 1995’s hit comedy Get Shorty (and based on Elmore Leonard’s 1999 sequel novel) finds former loan shark Chili Palmer (John Travolta) itching to get out of the movie business, so he hooks up with a newly widowed music executive (Uma Thurman) to launch the career of an up-‘n-coming Beyoncé-like singer (newcomer Christina Milian). A mock-black manager (Vince Vaughn), his sleazy boss (Harvey Keitel), and an upscale gangsta-rap executive (Cedric the Entertainer) all have a competing stake in the fast-rising pop diva’s future, and this sets the plot rolling in a fun but rather hand-me-down fashion that lacks the savvy panache of Get Shorty but still provides plenty of lightweight humor. The Rock and Outkast’s André Benjamin provide the best laughs in supporting roles that effortlessly relieve the movie from the symptoms of sequelitis. –Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Would it have helped if I had already seen “Get Shorty”? I strongly doubt it.
An entertaining two hours? Oh I think not. I don’t go much on Ethic Group A wanting to sound like Ethnic Group B, or Ethnic Group C wanting to be taken as Ethnic Group A, the language was bad, not fowl, the script language was ear achingly tedious. Actions were ridiculous, scenarios pathetic. Maybe it was my dislike of the film but JT seemed to be talking through gritted teeth all the while, or has he always done so.
There was nothing for me in this film that was entertaining at all.