Parents' Guide to

Be Cool

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Watered-down sequel isn't meant for kids.

Movie PG-13 2005 120 minutes
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While Get Shorty was cleverly plotted and brilliantly acted, BE COOL is just mildly amusing, with some slow patches in between. Cedric as usual steals the show with one of his best performances, Vince Vaughn is very funny as a Jewish white guy pretending to be black, but the musical numbers are not especially well staged, even the much-anticipated dance reunion of Travolta and his Pulp Fiction co-star, Uma Thurman.

There are some brief echoes of the original, with a few agreeably sly but understated digs at show business and a couple of clever shout-outs to the first film, but more often the jokes are just references, repetition, or imitation of Get Shorty just reminding us how much better it was. Get Shorty made fun of cynicism in show business; this movie is cynical. The first movie was about the show and the business. This one is just about everyone's getting paid. Chili's assessment of a character's movie pitch is a suitable review for this one: "You've got a premise and a setting but you don't have character arcs or a plot."

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 4, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: June 7, 2005
  • Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn
  • Director: F. Gary Gray
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, sensuality, and language including sexual references.
  • Last updated: April 1, 2023

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