Tuesday, January 17, 2012

One Night at McCool's (2001)

Synopsis: Men Think With Their Dicks, Example # 457,885,093

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “She’s one hot lady. And after one night at McCool’s, she’s the only thing three unsuspecting men can think about. There’s the bartender who was working that night. The lawyer who stayed past closing time. Then there’s the cop who showed up to investigate the crime scene.”

What Did I Learn?: When a straight, male movie character wears a pink sweater wrapped around his neck, it’s a dead giveaway he’s going to be a materialistic yuppie asshole.

You Might Like This Movie If: You’ve always wanted to see Liv Tyler wash a car. (Yup, this one’s for the guys)

Really?: 1) Aren’t shopkeepers (or in this case, bartenders) who shoot would-be stickup men usually hailed as heroes? I had a bit of trouble believing that Matt Dillon would lose his job over the incident, or that his boss would be ungrateful, even though it’s important to the plot. 2) Did Reba McEntire have a part in this movie, or did she just say “uh-huh” a lot?

Rating: One Night at McCool’s is basically a funny film noir. Liv Tyler is sexy (and quite believable as a selfish sociopath with the ability to wrap men around her finger), Dillon is a likeable-yet-not-too-bright everyman, and Michael Douglas is hilarious as a bingo-playing hitman with a pompadour. Comedies generally conclude on the all’s-well-that-end-well principle, however, and ruined lives don’t provide too many chuckles. I liked this movie up until its terrible, and totally unsatisfying ending. 6.5/10 stars.

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