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One Night at McCool's
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by Natasha Theobald

"It was very colorful."
2 stars

Okay, this movie has Liv Tyler sleeping with various men in various guises, but I still couldn't buy her as a femme fatale. I saw her riding Paul Reiser with a whip, the image is burned into my memory, and I still don't feel it. She just doesn't drip with sex, which isn't a bad thing. She has more than that to offer. The problem is that the breathy voice and the spiky shoes didn't convince me that she was Jewel, the destroyer of good and not so good men. As that is central to the film as a whole, I think I lost some of the effect.

The story is told mostly in flashback from the different perspectives of the fellas involved. What that means is that, for much of the film, you are hearing a voice telling you about what the person on screen is doing. I don't hate voice-over as a rule, but don't tell me the whole movie. Show me something. Another problem, the only person whose opinion might clear things up doesn't say a word. We only see her through the eyes of others, which becomes a little problematic as none of the narrators seem terribly trustworthy.

So, we dive into the story with not one but many unreliable narrators and Jewel, the kind of girl who shows up and makes you think things are going to get better for you. She looks good. She smells good. She'll let just about anyone take her home. Then, people either end up dead or wishing they were.

Randy (Matt Dillon) tells his version of the story to Mr. Burnmeister (Michael Douglas), a hitman with the best hair ever. He meets Jewel by saving her from potential danger in the form of an overly aggressive suitor. He doesn't know it is a set-up to rob him. Jewel convinces him that she would prefer to lose her partner in crime (Andrew Silverstein -- formerly Dice Clay) and move on to a better life with him. The next thing anyone knows, former boyfriend Utah is dead at her hands, and Randy is covering for her with the police.

From this, Jewel meets Detective Dehling (John Goodman), a lonely widower who sees what he wants to see in her, a beautiful and innocent girl who needs his protection and love. He uses the investigation as an excuse to visit Jewel and make sure she is safe. His feelings are made clear in conversation with his priest (Richard Jenkins), who is eager and desperate for even the tiniest, potentially salacious detail.

Cousin Carl (Paul Reiser) completes the trio of puppies panting after Jewel. He gains access to her through his cousin and gets a satisfaction from the experience that he doesn't remember ever having known, after years of marriage and two kids. He confesses his weakness for the fair Jewel to a new therapist (Reba McEntire), who listens dutifully and tries not to be overly surprised.

Antics ensue.

This movie has great style, from Michael Douglas' hair to the purchase-worthy soundtrack. Everything is vivacious and dripping with color. The pace is quick, drawn out only by the flashback set-ups. The jokes are fast and furious, if not terribly funny. The whole thing feels like a wild ride at dirty Disneyland, with guns. Good performances are given by the assembled talent, from the grounding element of the almost normal guy Matt Dillon plays to the no holds barred, I can't believe he's actually doing that hilarity of Paul Reiser.

The story wears thin as things become more outrageous, and the end that is met by some of our heroes is less than satisfying. It looks like everyone had fun making this movie, but you may find watching it a bit of a chore.

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originally posted: 12/30/02 15:58:50
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User Comments

8/09/06 William Goss Lovely Liv, little laughs. 2 stars
5/10/06 KingNeutron Liv Tyler looks gorgeous, but the movie has very little substance. 2 stars
3/30/04 R.W. Welch Not very witty caper comedy, does pick up a little in the late going. 2 stars
2/19/04 JUlia Cox One of those one-thing-leads-to-another "comedies", mostly not funny but partly watchable 4 stars
11/06/03 Capt' Fox If you like this type of ironic humor you'll love it. If not, you'll doze off. 4 stars
10/29/03 Dean Rapp watch it for Liv Tyler...mmmmm 4 stars
2/12/03 spacecowboy OMG LIV TYLER IS SOO HOT! pretty funny, had an empty feeling at the end though. 5 stars
2/10/03 Goofy Maxwell a.k.a. Dice Man One Night at McChumps blows mcchunks. Bada-BING! 1 stars
12/28/02 Jack Sommersby Aside from Douglas' gut-funny turn, this is atrocious. 1 stars
8/04/02 KMG Not really funny until the end 3 stars
2/27/02 Alan Smithee Worth watching only for the car wash scene. Liv Tyler is so hot......... 2 stars
2/11/02 Morgan H This film really isn't as bad as Mr Cortez would have you believe. 4 stars
2/11/02 Jim WTF? What an odd little movie ... shootout to "Macho Man" nearly gave me a heart attack. 4 stars
11/28/01 The $1.98 Pyramid Great Cast. Poor story, equals really funny stupid jokes. 4 stars
11/01/01 Jasmine Fayle quite good but then i saw it straight after ghosts of mars 4 stars
10/31/01 Monday Morning A few VERY funny moments but mostly a waste of good cast. 3 stars
8/04/01 Phil M. Afficianado Greg Muskewitz has nailed it. Mildly entertaining but in the end kind of an empty feeling. 3 stars
6/05/01 Peter Brook Liv is worthing looking at, but the plot is just too unconvincing 2 stars
6/04/01 mark willo liv tyler has one fine ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
5/07/01 poetchuck Sometimes you go just for the eye candy 4 stars
4/30/01 placido Saw it and it was pretty good! Liv Tyler was absolutely outstanding - gratuitous soft pr0n. 4 stars
4/30/01 f*r*o*s*t*y Really, just average. Good cast, but story is so-so. 3 stars
4/24/01 David Fitzhugh Saw It... @#$%in' hilarious... ***** stars! 5 stars
4/24/01 Matthew Bartley Excellent! Really funny 5 stars
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  27-Apr-2001 (R)


  01-Nov-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Harald Zwart

Written by
  Stan Seidel

  Matt Dillon
  Michael Douglas
  John Goodman
  Paul Reiser
  Liv Tyler
  Andrew Dice Clay

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