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Total Crap: 23.33%

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One Night at McCool's
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by EricDSnider

"Liv Tyler is hot. (Sorry, I just gave away the whole plot.)"
2 stars

"One Night at McCool's" is a lot of things, but clever and funny are not two of them.

By all accounts, this is apparently a black comedy, telling of a hot woman named Jewel (Liv Tyler) and three men's different experiences with her, and how they all intersect. You can tell it's a black comedy because the characters are shallow, there's a lot of violence at the end, and it ends unhappily -- or "ironically," we're supposed to think as we laugh at how the movie totally screwed its characters over.

None of this is pulled off successfully, however. Most of what goes on is mildly interesting, owing largely to the combined charisma of the stars (Tyler, Matt Dillon, John Goodman and Paul Reiser -- OK, not so much Paul Reiser). But it's never compelling or especially funny. It's just sort of, well, there, not really entertaining you, but not really bugging you, either.

The lead among the three men is Randy (Dillon), a bartender who rescues Jewel from an apparent attacker named Utah (Andrew Dice Clay). To thank Randy, she goes home and has sex with him, after which Utah shows up to rob Randy -- it was all a con he and Jewel were working.

It goes awry, however, and Jewel shoots Utah. This brings the cops in, led by Detective Dehling (Goodman), who is as smitten with Jewel as all other men are. He thinks there was more to the shooting than self-defense, and he wants to protect Jewel from Randy, whom he doesn't trust.

Meanwhile, Randy's sleazy and conceited cousin Carl (Reiser), a lawyer, is also chasing Jewel, despite his being married. Jewel comes to control the lives of all three men; the question is just how calculated her power is.

All three men tell their stories in flashback as they explain them to different people: Randy to an elderly hit man (Michael Douglas), Carl to his shrink (Reba McEntire), and Dehling to a priest (Richard Jenkins). Three different sides to one story is certainly not a new idea for a film, and nothing particularly noteworthy occurs here. (The film toys with having characters seem different depending on who's remembering the story -- Randy being dumber when Dehling's telling it, for example -- but not much is done with that concept.)

And so you have to ask, Why are we watching this? All these characters struggling over what's right and wrong, all this leering over Liv Tyler, all this nonsense and absurdity -- what's the point? To make us laugh, probably, but it's not doing that.

The film dutifully plugs away at telling its stories, apparently forgetting as it goes that it should have been funny, too.

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User Comments

8/10/06 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
11/07/03 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
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby Aside from Douglas' gut-funny turn, this is atrocious. 1 stars
8/05/02 KMG Not really funny until the end 3 stars
2/28/02 Alan Smithee Worth watching only for the car wash scene. Liv Tyler is so hot......... 2 stars
2/12/02 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
11/29/01 The $1.98 Pyramid Great Cast. Poor story, equals really funny stupid jokes. 4 stars
11/02/01 Jasmine Fayle quite good but then i saw it straight after ghosts of mars 4 stars
11/01/01 Monday Morning A few VERY funny moments but mostly a waste of good cast. 3 stars
8/04/01 Phil M. Afficianado Greg Muskewitz has nailed it. Mildly entertaining but in the end kind of an empty feeling. 3 stars
6/06/01 Peter Brook Liv is worthing looking at, but the plot is just too unconvincing 2 stars
6/04/01 mark willo liv tyler has one fine ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
5/07/01 poetchuck Sometimes you go just for the eye candy 4 stars
4/30/01 placido Saw it and it was pretty good! Liv Tyler was absolutely outstanding - gratuitous soft pr0n. 4 stars
4/30/01 f*r*o*s*t*y Really, just average. Good cast, but story is so-so. 3 stars
4/25/01 David Fitzhugh Saw It... @#$%in' hilarious... ***** stars! 5 stars
4/25/01 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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