THE PLOT THUS FAR
Disenchanted with the movie industry, Chili Palmer (John Travolta) tries the music industry, meeting and romancing a widow of a music exec (Uma Thurman) on the way.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
John Travolta reprises his role as Chili Palmer, Hollywood gangster, who now turns his eye to the music business. Using his “negotiation skills,” he tries to run an independent record label with the wife of a murdered friend, played by Uma Thurman, and try to get his young singer (Christina Milian) a hit record.
Before I saw this sequel, I had heard that it was a terrible film. However, Be Cool is still an enjoyable comedy even if it’s not as good as the original. The movie focuses on the music industry this time around instead of the movie industry. The music business is portrayed very poorly in the movie and they use a bunch of lame stereotypes. I can’t tell if this was the intention or not since Get Shorty did a nice job of spoofing the movie industry. The same can’t be said for the sequel and the attempts just come as lazy. An impressive cast is what saves the movie from sinking. The best performance is given by The Rock and it’s nice to see him in a different type of role. Vince Vaughn also gives a funny performance though he started to get annoying before the end. Surprisingly, Uma Thurman gives an average performance and I was expecting more from her. John Travolta returns as Chili and he does an okay job. His performance is kind of dull though.
The Blu-Ray comes with the deleted scenes, featurettes, trailer and related material ported over from the DVD. But, it continues this new streak of MGM maxing out the bitrates for their transfers. I love seeing such crystal clear clarity on these older flicks. Sure, trailers and other junk would be nice supplemental material, but I’ll take what I can get. I’d recommend a rental.
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