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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

PG-13,

Drama

Jun 1, 2004

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (6)

The kind of plodding, conventional fare usually reserved for TV movies.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Could have been much better with slightly tighter pacing and with less drowning in sentimentalism.

September 8, 2004 Full Review
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Good things come in small packages

November 18, 2003
Moviehole

While the movie deals with the issues of single parenthood in a believable manner, director John N. Smith's handling borders on pedestrian.

December 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Pitch.com
Pitch.com

The film devolves into trite melodrama. But on the strength of several good performances, the authenticity of emotion remains intact.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Offers much food for thought on single parenting and the deep ties between fathers and sons.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Amazing that with a talented cast, the movie (plot: Single father.) just sits there like a stuffed monkey.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Despite some solid acting by Vaughn, Potter, and Adams, there is no escaping the movie-of-the-week trappings.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A Cool, Dry Place is not a memorable film, but you could do a lot worse if you're looking for an honest human drama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for A Cool Dry Place

This is one of my favorite Vince Vaughn movies. A single dad trying to be a good father to his adorable son. This is a very heart warming, cute movie.
October 14, 2010
itsjustme2004

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A favorite. Love this movie!
April 19, 2007
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