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1[[quoteright:333:]]˛˛''Be Cool'' is a 2005 comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray. It stars Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/UmaThurman, and a [[EnsembleCast host of other well known actors, singers, and celebrities]]. ''Be Cool'' is a sequel to the 1995 film ''Film/GetShorty'', with Travolta reprising his role as Chili Palmer. Both films are [[FilmOfTheBook based on a series of novels]] by author Creator/ElmoreLeonard.˛˛Former {{Mafia}} LoanShark Chili Palmer is a Hollywood producer who has grown jaded with the movie industry, and who wants to try his hand at the music business. He finds his chance when he meets Linda Moon, a gifted young singer whose talents are going to waste under her current manager. Certain that she can become a superstar, Chili takes Linda under his wing and introduces her to Edie Athens, the widow of an old friend (who Chili saw murdered just the day before) who now has full control of her former husband's record company.˛˛In short order Chili learns that his new career path might not have been the safest choice. Seemingly everyone in the industry suddenly wants a piece of him: from Linda's former manager, to the Russian mafia, wannabe gangstas, actual gangstas under the employ of a celebrity producer, a flamboyantly gay bodyguard, and a pair of cops that have had their eye on Chili for quite some time. However, Chili has a shady past of his own, and those gunning for him quickly discover that he knows how to [[TheChessmaster play the game]] better than anyone in the business.˛˛----˛!! ''Be Cool'' provides examples of:˛˛* {{Adorkable}}: Elliot, the sweet, sensitive and bumbling gay-bodyguard played by Wrestling/DwayneJohnson.˛* ArmoredClosetGay: Elliot once threw a man off a building for calling him gay.˛* AntiVillain: Oddly enough, Sin [=LaSalle=] has shades of this. The main reason he wants the money is due to principle, he kills the Russian mob leader for calling him the N-Word, but more due to the fact the fact that he used it hatefully than it being directed at him and he's seen [[GoKartingWithBowser having a good time with Chili near the end of the movie.]] He is also deeply moved by Linda Moon's music, and supports her career.˛** BerserkButton: It probably had more to do with the fact that the man called him a "fag."˛* BatterUp: Gangsta wanna-be Raji Lowenthal uses this method to get even with another character who insulted his manner of speech... only after said character was already incapacitated, of course.˛* CelebrityParadox: Harvey Keitel plays Nick Karr, one of the central antagonists of the film. In ''Film/GetShorty'', he had a cameo as himself. ˛* ContinuityNod:˛** The idiot car rental employee that gives Chili his car at the beginning answers to Chili's statement that he explicitly ordered a Cadillac that TheAllegedCar he's giving him (a hybrid) is "the Cadillac of hybrids", similar to the Oldsmobile minivan Chili got on the first movie being described as "the Cadillac of minivans".˛* CreatorKiller: InUniverse, the sequel to ''Get Leo'', which Chili was forced to make by ExecutiveMeddling and did so poorly he wants out of the movie industry altogether.˛* GentleGiant: Elliot again.˛* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace[=/=]RecklessGunUsage: Dabu exhibits a terrifyingly poor grasp of basic gun safety throughout the movie, ''always'' keeping his finger on the trigger and resulting in accidental discharge more than once and one actual fatality. Dabu is at least somewhat self-aware, [[LampshadedTrope lampshading]] his poor gun handling by telling his boss that if he doesn't want this sort of thing to happen, he shouldn't give Dabu a gun in the first place.˛* INeverGotAnyLetters: Raji has been deleting Elliot's answering machine when he finds out that Chili has been getting him acting auditions. Chili proves his treachery when he teaches Elliot to check the messages on his cell phone, where he finds duplicates of the deleted messages. ˛* LampshadeHanging[=/=]LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Chili wants out of the movie business because the studio forced him to make a sequel, [[{{Sequelitis}} which tanked]].˛** Also, from the same scene, the PrecisionFStrike below, which describes itself in multiple ways.˛** And the scene where [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]] talks about how he [[TheCameo doesn't do movies]].˛* LivingMacGuffin: Linda Moon is a driving force of the plot, but has very little screen time and little character outside of being a great singer. ˛* ManChild: Elliot and his wigga boss Raji.˛* MeaningfulName: This is seen with several of the characters in the film.˛** A notable example is "Sin" [=LaSalle=], who will go to any lengths, up to and including murder, to get what is owed him... or just to get even with those who disrespect him.˛* NiceGuy: Elliot, too nice to be a bodyguard in the first place, much less for a jerk like Raji.˛* PrecisionFStrike: Used as a TakeThat to the MPAA ratings board, since ''Be Cool'' received a PG-13 rating.˛--> '''Chili''': Did you know that you can only use the F-word once in a movie and still get a PG-13 rating? You know what I say to that? ''Fuck it''... I'm done.˛* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: [[spoiler:Linda Moon's pop single wins her a Grammy.]]˛* StopBeingStereotypical: Invoked by celebrity music producer Sin [=LaSalle=], who chastises his cousin Dabu when the latter pulls up to Sin's house in a big black Hummer, with spinning rims and rap music blasting from the stero.˛--> '''Sin''': Man, why you gotta reinforce the stereotype? I ''live'' here. I'm on the ''neighborhood watch''.˛* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Karen Flores, Chili's girlfriend in the previous film, is completely absent from ''Be Cool'' without explanation.˛----


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