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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 John Travolta) has grown tired of the screen trade, especially after his latest project turned out to be a box-office flop. Chili is looking for new horizons and thinks he may have found his niche when his close friend Tommy Athens (James Woods), a fellow mobster who runs an independent record label, is murdered by Russian gangsters. Chili takes over Athens' record company, Nothing to Lose Records, and begins courting Tommy's girlfriend, Edie (Uma Thurman). Edie is an experienced hand in record production, and together she and Chili spot what would seem to be the ideal act for their label -- Linda Moon (Christina Milian), a beautiful young woman with a powerhouse voice. Linda is stuck, however, in a going-nowhere R&B trio managed by the monumentally sleazy Raji (Vince Vaughn). Chili isn't much concerned about Linda's contract with Raji, but Raji certainly is, and the manager soon takes out a contract on Chili with the same Russian hoods who killed Tommy. Soon Chili is facing all the action he can handle between the Russian gunmen, a music mogul named Nick Carr (Harvey Keitel) who wants Chili to stay out of the business, and Sin LaSalle (Cedric the Entertainer), a successful hip-hop producer who wants Chili to pay him the 300,000 dollars he is owed by Tommy. Be Cool also features appearances by The Rock as a gay Samoan bodyguard, Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000 from the hip-hop duo Outkast) as a rapper who isn't very good with a gun, and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as himself. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 4, 2005


John Travolta
as Chili Palmer
Uma Thurman
as Edie Athens
Vince Vaughn
as Raji
Cedric the Entertainer
as Sin La Salle
André Benjamin
as Dabu
Steven Tyler
as Himself
Robert Pastorelli
as Joe Loop
Christina Milian
as Linda Moon
Paul Adelstein
as Hy Gordon
Debi Mazar
as Marla
Greg Alan Williams
as Darryl
Harvey Keitel
as Nick Carr
The Rock
as Elliot Wilhelm
Danny DeVito
as Martin Weir
James Woods
as Tommy Athens
James Gandolfini
as Himself
Kimberly J. Brown
as Tiffany
Minae Noji
as Miss Bangkok
as Himself
Kimberly J. Brown
as Tiffany


F. Gary Gray
Danny DeVito
Michael Shamberg
David Nicksay
Stacey Sher
Peter Steinfeld
Elmore Leonard
Book Author
Jeffrey Kimball
John Powell
Composer (Music Score)
Mary Ramos
Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Rouse
Sheldon Kahn
Michael Corenblith
Production Designer
Dan Webster
Supervising Art Director
Lauren Polizzi
Art Director
Linda Rae Favila
Associate Producer
Andy Gose
Associate Producer
Anson Downes
Associate Producer
Michael Siegel
Executive Producer
Elmore Leonard
Executive Producer
F. Gary Gray
Executive Producer
Mark Bridges
Costume Designer
Denise Pizzini
Set Decorator
Fatima Robinson
Sheila Jaffe
Georgianne Walken
Kurt Bryant
Stunts Coordinator
Al Laverde
Key Grip
Victor Ennis
Supervising Sound Editor
Mark Freund
Visual Effects Supervisor
Mark Stoeckinger
Supervising Sound Editor