Last night I watched the 2005 flick Be Cool. It was an entertaining movie overall and I don’t think it was meant to be taken seriously at all! The movie was brimming with high quality actors, most notably John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Other highlights were The Rock, Harvey Keitel, Vince Vaughn and Cedric the Entertainer.
Basically the plot is that Travolta’s character Chili Palmer is a smooth talking movie mogul who enters the music industry for a change. He starts managing an up-and-coming singer played by Christina Milian. Palmer starts pissing off a lot of people with his entrance into music, including other music producers and randomly the Russian mafia. Basically the entire movie is about all these gangsters and mobsters killing each other. There were a lot of comedic elements throughout the movie including a dance routine of Uma and John’s that was very similar to their one in Pulp Fiction.
It was apparent through the movie that it was meant to make fun of the various stereotypes found in California surrounding the music and movie industry, gangsters and mobsters and for that the movie was funny. The movie was directed by F. Gary Gray, who also directed The Italian Job, Friday, and the most recent Law Abiding Citizen.