How does one be cool? What is cool? The definition varies depending on who you ask, and sometimes being cool is just being yourself. You may not be cool to everyone, but you’ll be cool to someone.
And what better example to use for discussion, then a movie entitled Be Cool? Often criticized for not being as good as Get Shorty, Be Cool is the sequel to Get Shorty and ranks as one of my favorite comedies of all time. It’s not as well written and it’s silly, but it’s fun and hilarious. It has a star-studded cast who you can tell had a great time filming and working together. I can’t think of a single character or actor in the film who isn’t cool.
So, if you want to be cool, you must decide what kind of cool you want to be. Here’s a breakdown of the main characters in the movie:
Chili Palmer (John Travolta): Suave, slick, fearless, and dressed in all black. He knows how to work people and isn’t afraid to take risks.
Edie Athens (Uma Thurman): Cute, smart, and sexy. She’s a great example of a woman who’s not afraid to live without her man, especially because he gets killed in the opening scene.
Linda Moon (Christina Milian): Adorable, can sing, and sexy in a good-girl way. She’s cooperative and works hard, and her enthusiasm for music makes me feel like I too can do anything I want to do.
Raji (Vince Vaughn): Dresses like a pimp, silly, thinks he’s black, and not very bright. One of the best roles Vaughn has ever done, and paired with The Rock, the two make this movie.
Elliot (Dewayne Johnson): Has a variety of styles, looks smokin’ in a blue cowboy suit and shiny red boots, gay, and happy. And he even does the People’s Eyebrow!
Sin LaSalle (Cedric the Entertainer): Rich, successful, classy, thugish. He’s the perfect mix of gangster meets Hollywood dad.
Dabu (Andre 3000): Careless, not bright, overly excited about killing people. He’s a great complement to Sin and brings his own personality to the movie.
Nick Carr (Harvey Keitel): Suave, know-it-all, but not as slick as Chili. Great example of an older man trying to stay hip in a fast-paced society.
Once you decide what kind of cool you are, run with it. Just be yourself and have fun, and if you haven’t seem the movie and like comedies, definitely check it out. If you have any favorite scenes or lines, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!