Be Cool

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Watered-down sequel isn't meant for kids.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 120 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Racial and homophobic epithets. Many of the characters lie, cheat, steal, use force, and otherwise behave like lowlifes and crooks.


Action violence, characters shot, beaten, and killed, dead body.


Non-explicit sexual situation, sexual language.


Strong language for a PG-13.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of violence for a PG-13, though it's not very graphic. Characters are shot and beaten and some are killed. There is some strong language, including racial and anti-gay terms and a joke about how "f--k" can only be used once in a PG-13 movie, followed by its one use. Characters drink, and constant smoking is portrayed as cool. Many of the characters lie, cheat, steal, use force, and otherwise behave like lowlifes and crooks.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydblstuff03 April 9, 2008
Adult Written byjennbeau April 9, 2008

Just love John

I so love John in this part even if the movie wasnt "too cool" he makes the movie cool just being the part!! His look, his moves, his voice..........Y... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 13, 2012


Teen, 15 years old Written byKathyhermy123 July 2, 2009

Fine for older kids, but be warned for under-14s

Watched it when I was ten - not right for anyone under 15, or a mature 14 year old. It was the first time I had ever heard so much swearing in my life. That, a... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this sequel to Get Shorty, "Shylock"/movie-lover Chili Palmer decides to dive into the music business,.taking over a record label owned by recently deceased mobster Tommy (James Woods), who was killed by the Russian mob. Chili also makes the moves on the dead mobster's girlfriend (Uma Thurman), and the two decide to make a star out of singer Linda (Christina Milian). But Chili faces danger in his new business endeavor as the Russians go after him, as well as a territorial music mogul (Harvey Keitel) and a hip-hop hit maker (Cedric the Entertainer) who's owed a large sum of money by the former owner of Chili's record label.

Is it any good?

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."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the characters in the movie decided what was important to them and who to trust. How will Sin's daughter feel about her father when she gets older? Why does Raji want to "act black?" In what way are the Dub MD's like today's rappers?

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
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, sensuality, and language including sexual references.
  • Last updated: September 21, 2019

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