One Night at McCool's

2001

Comedy / Crime

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IMDb Rating 6.1

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Reviewed by Movie-12 8

ONE NIGHT AT McCOOL&#39;S / (2001) *** (out of four)<br/><br/>By Blake French:<br/><br/> According to Harald Zwart, the director of &quot;One Night at McCool&#39;s,&quot; this film is &quot;a dark comedy about the power of women over men, and how a group of people can all perceive different realities. It&#39;s the same story told from three different points of view, and each time we tell the story, we try to reveal a little bit more about what actually happened, which nobody really knows.&quot; <br/><br/> &quot;One Night at McCool&#39;s&quot; marks the feature film directorial debut of Zwart, an award winning commercial and music video director who began making short films when he was eight years old. I always get nervous when a director of commercials and music videos turns to filmmaking. We have seen so many examples of how these guys think they are making another advertisement or music video for TV with their productions. Zwart resists that tendency. He captures a specific humorous truth in &quot;One Night at McCool&#39;s,&quot; from an inventive, complex screenplay by the late Stan Seidel, even if it is often somewhat perplexing. <br/><br/> &quot;One Night At McCool&#39;s&quot; features three men who share their separate experiences about a particularly beautiful young woman. In some ways, this movie is the comedy version of &quot;American Beauty,&quot; but in others, it is a world apart. <br/><br/> &quot;It all started one night at McCool&#39;s&quot; explains each of the three men to their various listeners. There is Randy (Matt Dillon), a tender at the local bar, and his cousin, a lawyer named Carl (Paul Reiser), who stays until the place closes. Detective Dehling (John Goodman), arrives when the saloon becomes the crime scene of the dead boyfriend of a female fatal appropriately named Jewel (Liv Tyler). Randy is the first to see her, as an individual treats her unkindly. He stands up for her, and before you can say SEXY, they are having vigorous sex and she moves in with him. At first, Randy is reluctant: &quot;The sex and the violence, all in one night ? it&#39;s a little much.&quot; But who could turn a jewel like Jewel away.<br/><br/> Jewel changes the lives of each of the three men. For Detective Dehling, she pulls him out of a hole of grief since his wife died. For Carl, she makes him forget his loving family and nice little suburban household. For Randy, she lights a few fires, both positive and negative, the later persuading him to contact a bingo playing hit man named Burmeister (Michael Douglas) to put an end to her deceptive ways. <br/><br/> It is interesting how the movie perceives the three different chronicles-even the costuming of Jewel is relative to the man telling the story. Dehling sees Jewel as a beautiful, mesmerizing gift from God. Carl sees Jewel as two sexy legs and lots of cleavage. Randy is unsure what to make of her, an awakening to his otherwise boring, road to nowhere life. The most intriguing element of this movie is Jewel herself, however, deliciously played by the always delightful Liv Tyler (&quot;Armageddon&quot;). She is not really interested in the men, but what they can offer her. Her motives are all too simple, not truthfully diabolical or evil; she is simply a young lady who has learned at an early age that she can get what she wants out of life through her beauty. <br/><br/> The film has a lot of fun with its material. From the enthusiastically entertaining cast, to its violently hilarious showdown, &quot;One Night at McCool&#39;s&quot; takes advantage of most of its humorous ideas. What makes the movie even funnier is how the three men&#39;s points of view differ. The actors have a lot of fun with their characters, too. Goodman is curiously whimsical; Reiser fits his kinky, squirmy part quite well; Douglas is sly and mysterious in one of the movie&#39;s funniest performances; Dillon gives his character arrogant personality, even though Randy is a lackluster nobody; Liv Tyler is dazzling. She injects Jewel with the perfect amount of boastful charisma and tantalizing wit. She reminds us of Mena Suvari&#39;s intimate performance in &quot;American Beauty.&quot;<br/><br/> &quot;One Night at McCool&#39;s&quot; is the first film to come from Michael Douglas&#39; new production company, Furthur Films. It is a creative, genuine, and sexy production. Along the way we often become caught up in the twisty structure, but that is a natural response to a movie that intentionally interweaves several angles to a single story. The movie ends on a note that is both black and comedic. This is another one of those comedies in which serious events take place in a humorous way; i.e., the black comedy. Many films of this genre come across as either too black or too lackadaisical. &quot;One Night at McCool&#39;s&quot; is one of the few that actually work.

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Reviewed by coop-16 8

I must admit, I liked this movie, and didnt find it all misogynist. It could be subtitled, three ways of looking at LiV Tyler. Three different men become obsessed with the same woman,and tell their stories to very different characters;One man(John Goodman) tells his story to a priest(the very funny Richard Jenkins).For Goodmans charcter, the Liv Tyler character is an idealized saint, the second coming of his sainted wife,Theresa.For Paul Riesers character(who tellls story to a shrink(a fine, understated performance by the great Reba Mcintire),the Liv Tyler character is simplyan object of (kinky)sexual fantasy.Finally Matt Dillons rather dimwitted charcter tells HIS side of the story to a sleazy hit man, played by Micheal Douglas.All three of these narratives of obsession are told simultaneously,and all are amusing. Finaly the film ends in a bizarrely funny climax, that I wont give away.

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Reviewed by cofemug 7

One Night at McCool&#39;s is a very funny movie that is more intelligent than what it should be. Its form is more sophisticated than what I expected, and its randomness was superb. The thoughts behind the movie (mysogeny, sadism, stupid men) are are infantile. That&#39;s what I have to say about this movie is that not only does it hate women, but it loathes men. It doesn&#39;t have any sympathy for any of the men, really. It seems that way because of the form, but the ending says it all. Nobody cares.<br/><br/>The form has the first 2/3 of the movie told in flashback by three characters: Dillon, the stupid bartender; Reiser, the mysogenistic stupid lawyer; and Goodman, the stupid, holier-than-thou cop. The story is therefore always perverted by their own self images and altered realities. Reiser&#39;s BBQ fantasy is a great touch. In the end, we never really know the truth, and nothing is what it seems. Dillon was never that innocent, etc. <br/><br/>Actually, the rest of the movie is funny too. From the randomness of the last 5 seconds of the movie to the overly-obviousness of Tyler&#39;s manipulations, the movie seems to have an energy all its own. Everything is just out of the blue, and nothing seems to make sense. Do we really care if it does? No. <br/><br/>It is also a very dark comedy, but has a shallow presentation. Think Nurse Betty, or Jawbreaker. Very candy coated outside, dark chewy inside. If you like your movies random, dark, or just purely mean, see this movie. This one will satisfy your urges for the strangeness that is One Night at McCool&#39;s.<br/><br/>8/10

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