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Be Cool

John Travolta revives his role of Chili Palmer in this prequel to the film Get Shorty. Playing the part of an ex-mobster, his character has plenty of opportunities to use the skill he honed during his first career as he tries to make it big in the music business. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 118
Theater Release: 03 Mar 2005
Video Release: 06 Jun 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Chili comes across as a guy with good motives, even if his actions aren’t always noble. How does the script justify his motives? How does he compare to the other music producers and mobsters portrayed in this film?

In what ways does this film poke fun at the movie industry?

Why is success often based on whom you know rather than what you know? How does Chili use his connections to get things done?

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