A Cool Dry Place (1998)
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Vince Vaughn stars in this drama about a single father trying to balance career ambitions against personal responsibilities. In A Cool Dry Place, Vaughn plays Russell, a lawyer in a small town in Kansas who has been raising his five-year-old son Calvin (Bobby Moat) on his own since his wife Kate (Monica Potter) left him without notice. After a year and a half as a single man, Russell is starting to rebuild his personal life and begins dating Beth (Joey Lauren Adams), a pretty veterinarian's assistant who has taken a shine to him. However, Russell's new relationship runs into rough waters when Kate returns, looking to re-establish her relationship with Calvin, and Russell is offered a high-paying job with a law firm in Dallas, TX. Director John N. Smith, best known for Dangerous Minds, shot the Kansas sequences on location in Ontario, Canada; Dallas, however, plays itself. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for A Cool Dry Place
The kind of plodding, conventional fare usually reserved for TV movies.
Its heart is in the right place, but this sweet drama just doesn't build enough true drama from its slender premise. That said, it's not bad enough to merit the kind of stealth release its studio has imposed on it.
Could have been much better with slightly tighter pacing and with less drowning in sentimentalism.
Good things come in small packages
While the movie deals with the issues of single parenthood in a believable manner, director John N. Smith's handling borders on pedestrian.
The film devolves into trite melodrama. But on the strength of several good performances, the authenticity of emotion remains intact.
Offers much food for thought on single parenting and the deep ties between fathers and sons.
Amazing that with a talented cast, the movie (plot: Single father.) just sits there like a stuffed monkey.
Despite some solid acting by Vaughn, Potter, and Adams, there is no escaping the movie-of-the-week trappings.
The gorgeous Vince Vaughn makes the most of his role as everybody's dream dad -- flaws and all -- while Bobby Moat, as his young son, is little short of miraculous.
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