John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Christina Milian, Cedric the Entertainer, Vince Vaughn,
Andre Benjamin, The Rock and so on...
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Cool could use some time management editing
but it's still a rather entertaining
gigglefest of ridiculous fun; a Hollywood movie to end Hollywood movies! Hilarious
stand out performances by Vince Vaughn, The Rock and Andre Benjamin keep you hootin'
so hard you hardly notice the film's about a half an hour too long.
Shylock Chili Palmer (John Travolta rehashing his Get Shorty
role - and basically the only similarity to that film) is now a big kahuna in
the movie business. His music biz buddy, Tommy Athens (James Woods) would like
to combine their shindigs. Perhaps a film about Tommy's rise to the top of the
music game? But in mid-pitch Tommy gets is eighty-sixed by a rodent-helmet-headed
Russian mafia lizard toting a semi-automatic.
Chili finds himself assisting Tommy's widow.
The widow, Edie (Uma Thurman),
is no damsel in distress however. She and Tommy had an open kind of marriage as
well as the secretly floundering record label NTL.
truth is this record label needs a hit player - and fast. Chili can help there
too. Tommy had told him about a young singer who wants to be in film named Linda
Moon (Christina Milian). Linda could be the next JLo - but without the need to
produce and sample the musak to death to create-a-hit (if you know what I'm sayin'
and I think that you do...). But Linda is presently under contract with Raji (Vince
Vaughn) and Nick Carr (Harvey Keitel) of Car-o-Sell Records. No worries - Chili
doesn't squabble, he just informs.
he informs the tightly wound mock-gangsta caricature Raji, that Linda is now under
his management and saunters away in that patented Travolta, err, Chili, shuffle.
You can practically see the hating form in Raji's hamster sized brain
there's another snafu
seems Tommy died owing the big under world-y producer
Sin LaSalle (Cedric the Entertainer) about $300,000 smakaroons. Now Sin is all
up in Edie's face - and he and his particinpatin' posse, rap stars Dub MDs (which
includes Outkast's Andre Benjamin), roll down with the big boys and take no prisoners
the story is about a rising pop star and the evildoers that launch her career.
Folks get whacked, talk jive, sing and make big deals while several weapons are
pointed at their heads. It's way out there from reality - but still kinda fun.
The draw is the delectable & delish Vaughnatini Vince Vaughn and the brawn
buffcake Rock. I want to see a spin off series on these two characters on UPN
Mr. Jones. Vaughn plays an all-too-familiar clueless white slice of bread who
speaks in the vernacular of da streets and dresses like a bad pimp extra from
a MTV special. The Rock is a Samoan hitman named Elliott, sporting luscious polyester
blends and coordinated chainwares, struggling to be and actor. His claim to fame
is his ability to raise an eyebrow ala John Belushi
Elliott is also flamboyantly
gay. Sound like comedy with a K? Not in the hands of these two talents. And, Andre
Benjamin plays a posse member with odd idiosyncrasies that'll have you snort laughing
in convulsions, as well.
rest of the crew seems to be playing themselves - their film selves. The inside
laughs are obvious, frequent, and plain old silly fun, making the over all feeling
light and fluffy. Award material this aint - it's a few rock videos strung together
- wafer thinly - with a generic behind-the-scenes comedy script chock full of
talents (there's even an Aerosmith concert scene Don Kirschner would be proud
of). If you love to watch Vaughn rapid fire rants, or Travolta chill the scene,
or Uma sex up the celluloid? Go. If not wait for Netflicks.
Recommendation: Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles