Half-hearted attempt at humour
A Travolta-Thurman dance, a lot of trigger-happy black American gangsters, wannabe black American whites and an Aerosmith concert the only things that are cool about "Be Cool."
This F. Gary Gray sequel to "Get Shorty" gets a little longish but finishes off with plenty of feel good element, some dark humour and rocking music.
This time gangster-turned-movie producer-turned-music producer Chili Palmer bumps into Linda Moon (Christina Milian), a talented singer at a seedy nightclub and offers to produce her album.
As he teams up with a sweltering hot Edie Athens (Uma Thurman), widow of the owner of a near-broke record company, he faces a bunch of clowns in the guise of gangsters.
Though the humour in the first half of the film is rather forced, the charm of Travolta and Thurman just about carries it through to the enjoyably watchable second half which packs the best lines.
Cedric the Entertainer is a delight to watch. On the one hand, he's this notorious gangster-music producer with a very cool quotient and on the other he is this baby-sitting father who makes really awful pancakes for his daughter.
His final speech about the black American contribution to cool is the one scene that elevates the otherwise trying-to-be-funny average film to an above average film with a few good laughs.
If you do manage to let some of that dry humour entertain you, you are in for a few genuine laughs towards the end, with a little help from the ensemble the motley crew of characters.
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