One Night at McCool's

Directed by Harald Zwart
Starring: Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, Paul Reiser, John Goodman, Michael Douglas, Reba McEntire, Andrew Dice Clay, Richard Jenkins.
MPAA Rating: R for violence, sexuality and language.

Review by Matt Heffernan <matt@filmhead.com>
May 8, 2001

OK, so I saw One Night at McCool's over a week ago, and I barely remember it. I wrote down the two-star rating right after I got home from the theatre, and then occupied myself with higher-priority projects. Now, I must present the half-assed review of this film which has barely registered at the box office.

Essentially, this film is a mediocre comic version of Rashomon centered around Liv Tyler. Matt Dillon plays her harried boyfriend who relates his story to hitman Michael Douglas in a bingo parlor. Paul Reiser plays Dillon's cousin, who also slept with Tyler, and he confesses his experiences with Tyler to psychiatrist Reba McEntire. Then there's police detective John Goodman, who seeks counsel from priest Richard Jenkins after getting to know Tyler in a biblical sense.

On top of all this is Andrew Dice Clay, who takes on two parts: Tyler's previous thug boyfriend whom she kills one night at McCool's (the bar where Dillon works), and then the dead guy's identical twin brother (or cousin? I forget), who is a gun-toting Mormon.

And yet, this is not enough. At least not for me. It was another 90 minutes of my life that will never be retrieved. I laughed a few times, but that's about it. If the cast had not been so good, the film would have faired much worse.


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