"Be Cool" Gives Sequels a Bad Name
- Thursday, March 03, 2005
The one interesting character is The Rock, who clearly enjoys playing the gay bodyguard who doesn’t want anyone to know he’s gay, but who dreams of being a star. Like the other characters, he’s over the top, but The Rock is actually funny in his exaggeration.
The main message in the film is that the music industry is full of gangsters – like that’s a revelation. Everyone is pursuing their dream, and they aren’t afraid to shoot someone else – or sleep with their best friend’s widow – to get it. Pretty sordid stuff, especially when you add the overwhelming number of profanities and obscenities and a lot of shoot-em-dead violence.
Fans of “Get Shorty” will want to see this, but they’ll be disappointed. As poor as it is, however, “Be Cool” will still probably make MGM Studios, who will soon be closing their legendary doors, a few more bucks. And, at the end of the Hollywood day, that’s all that really matters.
AUDIENCE: Adults only
- Drugs/Alcohol Content: Drinking and smoking throughout film; allusion to drug use.
- Language/Profanity: At least 130, including two f-words.
- Sexual Content/Nudity: Scene in strip club, with scantily-clad strippers dancing around poles; main character seen from behind/side without bikini top; girls in bikini tops and short shorts dance lewdly onstage; unmarried couples sleep together and wake up in bed; MTV-style music video with singer in short dress and men dancing provocatively; multiple crude references to homosexuality and homosexual character, who wears tight pants with no underwear.
- Violence: Opening scene includes drive-by shooting at outdoor café where man is killed and falls to sidewalk, dead, after being shot multiple times, and another character hides then watches his car destroyed by gunfire; various killings offscreen and on, including some at point-blank range (although little blood); man is beaten to death with a baseball bat; man is held upside down over the railing of a high building; man is kidnapped and placed, bound and gagged, in trunk of car; lots of gun-waving and threats to kill people – and more.
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