Be Cool

Synopsis: Streetwise mobster-turned-movie producer Chili Palmer is back, but this time Chili has abandoned the fickle movie industry and veered into the music business, tangling with Russian mobsters and gangsta rappers and taking a talented, feisty young singer named Linda Moon under his wing. From the recording studio to an Aerosmith concert to the MTV Music Awards, he manipulates events to watch them play out the Chili way, using his signature blend of wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics. It's a dangerous business, and everyone's looking for their next big hit.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music
Director(s): F. Gary Gray
Production: MGM/UA
  1 win & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min


It's the only time I gave in in my life.

But sometimes,

you gotta do it the studio way.

What are you talking about?

- Get Lost?

- Yeah.

I thought the first one

was pretty good.

- Get Leo?

- Terrific picture. Terrific!

And you know what else?

It was good.

You know what I'm thinking, Tommy?

I'm thinking of getting out

of the movie business.

Go back to my old job.

- What, being a shylock?

- Yeah.


'Cause at least they're honest

about being dishonest.

Come on. Why would you

wanna leave all this?


See? I'm telling you, this town.

Look, Chil.

You and me, we come out

to Hollywood, sniff the air,

and now look at us, man.

We made it!

And you know why?

'Cause we knew how to hustle a deal.

Yeah, like I got hustled

into doing the sequel.

That sucks.

Do you know that unless

you're willing to use the R rating,

you can only say the F-word once?

- You're kiddin' me.

- No.

You know what I say?

F*** that.

I'm done.

Before you skate out of the business,

I got a movie for you.

Oh, yeah? What?

About NTL.

What's NTL?

"What's NTL?"

What, are you joking?

- No.

- You're pulling my chain.

Nothing To Lose Records.

Hello. Come on.

It's, like, the indie label.

I sign bands, I produce their albums,

I sell the distribution to the majors.

- Now you wanna make movies?

- Yeah! Who doesn't?

All right, can you pitch it

in 25 words or less?

I can do it in one word... Me!

- You?

- Me! Hello! Me!

I couldn't get your mother

to watch that movie.

My life in the music business.

Come on! Gangsta rappers,

the Russian mafia, you know?

All that goddamn payola crap.

This place is

like the wild, wild west, man.

You're dodgin' the bullets,

you're taking the arrows.

And it's got a girl.

There always is.

Her name's Linda Moon.

She plays a girl who wants to

make it big in the biz,

and I am the record mogul

who makes it happen.

Anyway, it's a musical,

and Linda's been trying to get me

on the two-way ever since,

you know, she saw you

on Charlie Rose.

Where you were very smooth,

and found out that I knew you.

I said you would help her out,

and she left you on the list

at the Viper Room

expecting you to show up.

So, Tommy, how's your wife?

- Edie?

- Yeah.

Who gives a sh*t?

Don't be a buzzkill.

Where are you goin'?

I gotta go to the men's.

I just had two iced teas.

But how about... Hey, Chili,

how does the movie sound?

Well, you don't have a movie yet.

You've got a premise and a setting,

but you don't have character arcs or a plot.

Okay, but still. You know.

Hey, who's gonna play me?

Think about that.

How about Carrot Top?

Do svidaniya.

Hey, Marla.

Long time no see.


How's organized crime treatin' ya?

A little more exciting now

that you're in town.

Oh, yeah?

So, Mr. Palmer, we've got reason

to believe that this was a mob hit.

Trust me, if this were a mob hit, they'd

have hired a man who knew how to shoot.

He hit him in the chest.


After he shot up my Caddy.

What a shame.

Can you confirm that this fella was

wearing a toupee?

Stevie Wonder could confirm

that he was wearing a toupee.

So out of the blue, this Mr. Athens

just decides to look up your number

and give you a call?

I know what you're gettin' at, Marla.

You think I set him up.

The truth is Tommy wanted me

to do a movie about him.

But you can't do a movie

where the main character gets popped

in the first scene, now, can you?

Yeah. It's not a bad opening.

You know, you're right.

That worked for American Beauty.

Sunset Boulevard.

Or Casino.

Mr. Palmer.

I'm Glenn from Thrifty Executive Fleet.

May I escort you to your vehicle?

But of course.



There you go, sir.

What's that?

I asked for a Cadillac.

The Insight is the Cadillac

of gas-electric hybrid cars.

Not only is it fuel-efficient,

it's great for the environment.

- I got it.

- Thanks.

- Hey, Martin.

- Chili!

- How are you doin'?

- How are you doin', Chil?

- Good to see you, Martin.

- Good to see you.

- Good to see you.

- Good to see you.

You know why Gordon?

What's up, Chili Palmer?

He did the soundtrack for Get Lost.

What's up, man?


Hes taking me around.

I'm doing a little research.

For my next part.

I'm gonna play Johnny.

The Man In Black.

Hello. I'm Johnny Cash.

- Oh, Johnny Cash.

- Yeah!

- But he's like six-feet-something.

- That's okay.

You don't... You know, low angles.

You know, the movies?

Hey, Chili, is that your car?

Yeah, it's an Insight.

It's the Cadillac of hybrids.

It's a little tight for a big guy like you.

Small price to pay

for the environment.

Fifty-seven miles to the gallon.

But what about speed?

No, Martin.

If you're important, people will wait.

Just one shot, Marty.

Marty, one smile for me, come on.


You've got the best of my love

Demonstrated love and affection

That you give so openly, yeah

The way I feel about you, babe,

I can't explain it

Want the whole wide world

to see that

Oh, but in my heart

You're all I need

You for me and me for you

It's growing every day

You've got the best of me, yeah

You've got the best of my love

You got me, yeah

Givin' you the best of my love

You've got the best of my love

Givin' you the best of my love

You've got the best of my love

That's true.

You know what I'm sayin'?

That's what it's about.

You have to let it go halfway.

You can't be always tryin' so damn hard.

- Linda.

- Yo!

- Yo, I ain't sellin' that.

- Raji, no, I...

That ain't sexy. You better go

put your chick sh*t back on.

I can't put that on right now.

I have a meeting.

I'm telling you, there's people out here

paid to come see this sh*t.

Give me one second.

Baby, I just told you

to put your clothes on, didn't I?

- I can't!

- Did I not tell you that?

- Look!

- Don't "look" me again!

- Mr. Palmer?

- Call me Chili.

- It's an absolute pleasure to meet you.

- Thank you.

Please, have a seat.

- Can I get you something to drink?

- I have something coming.

- So, Tommy's gone?

- Yeah.

I can't believe it.

I guess this means

you're not doing the movie?

Well, I gotta be honest

with you, Linda.

I'm getting out of the movie business.

Here you go.

What's the matter?

I'm tired of this, Mr. Palmer.

Look, if I can get some cash,

I would buy my way out of my contract

and get out of music.

Are you kidding?

After what I just saw?

- Why would you do that?

- 'Cause it sucks.

Look, I could do the same thing topless

and make $2,000 a week with tips.

Well, why don't you do that?

I'm Baptist.

My father wouldn't approve.

So then you're like Aretha Franklin.

You learned to sing in church.

I learned from my father.

My dad was in a jazz band.

Nothing big, though.

See, everything I know about music

I learned from him.

I always thought we'd play together,

but then...

...then he died, so...

Yo, Linda! Yo!

I didn't dismiss you.

You're on my time.

That's my manager Raji

with Miss Bangkok.

I told him I want to quit

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Peter Steinfeld

Peter L. Steinfeld is an American screenwriter and television producer. He is best known for writing mystery film Drowning Mona (released 2000), comedy film Be Cool (2005) and drama film 21 (2008). more…

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