One Night at McCool's

Critics Consensus

Critics say this blend of film noir and screwball comedy seems to think itself more clever and hip than it actually is. Also, the crucial femme fatale role needs a better, more mature actress than Tyler.



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Movie Info

The debut project from co-star Michael Douglas' production company Further Films, this comic crime caper uses the narrative devices of multiple points of view and flashbacks, à la Rashomon (1951) and that classic film's many imitators. A late-night slaying at a bar called McCool's is the point of departure as Detective Dehling (John Goodman), bartender Randy (Matt Dillon), and Randy's lawyer-cousin Carl (Paul Reiser) project their fantasies onto the sexy Jewel (Liv Tyler), whose boyfriend (Andrew Dice Clay) is the corpse in question. As each man spills his guts -- Dehling to his priest, Randy to an aging hit man (Douglas), and Carl to his therapist (Reba McEntire) -- it becomes clear that the femme fatale Jewel has been manipulating the smitten men for her own purposes, namely a house full of cutting-edge electronic gadgets. One Night at McCool's is the debut American film from Norwegian commercial and music video director Harald Zwart.


Liv Tyler
as Jewel
John Goodman
as Det. Dehling
Michael Douglas
as Burmeister
Reba McEntire
as Dr. Naomi Green
Richard Jenkins
as Father Jimmy
Tim De Zarn
as Det. Ertagian
Leo Rossi
as Joey Dinardo
Eric Schaeffer
as Greg Spradling
Donielle Artese
as Carl's Assistant
Mary Jo Smith
as Bingo Caller
Sandy Martin
as Bingo Vendor Woman
Ric Sarabia
as Uniformed Cop at Bar
Rob Neukirch
as Deliveryman
Rosco DeSpain
as Bingo Player No. 1
Earl Carroll
as Bingo Player No. 2
Eric Ware
as Uniformed Cop at House No. 1
Gary Brussell
as Uniformed Cop at House No. 2
Rad Milo
as State Trooper
Veslemoey Ruud Zwart
as Clinique Counter Saleswoman
Harry Van Gorkum
as Psychic Guru
Kelly Slater
as Jeep Owner
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Audience Reviews for One Night at McCool's

  • May 25, 2012
    screwball comedy doesn't really work as a whole. I enjoyed it for its quirky characters but anything beyond that is just a waste of time.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2010
    This movie has some really great actors and some really funny scenes. There is no denying that Liv Tyler looks extremely hot in this movie. I liked this movie because its not much like the other movies I'm used to watch and I'm also a huge fan of both Liv Tyler and Matt Dillon, both their characters were great. If you're in to a bit weird black comedies, you probably would like this movie.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2009
    A really bizarre blend of comedy and brutal killing. I was truly not expecting the turn of events in the movie. However, it falls short of actually having any purpose besides showing off Liv Tyler. It has it's moments, but in the end it is just a forgettable comedy.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2009
    It all started one night at McCool?s?three unsuspecting men and one woman with a dream are brought together by lust, mayhem, bingo, DVDs, and the finer points of home decorating. One Night at McCool?s is a sexy, rapid-fire black comedy; and the first project from actor/producer Michael Douglas? production company, Furthur Films. McCool?s bar was hopping that night. Randy (Matt Dillon) worked there, tending bar. Lawyer Carl (Paul Reiser) was there until past closing. Detective Dehling (John Goodman) got there once McCool?s became a crime scene. Was it the dead body that tied these men together? Not as tightly as the live wire who was also there that night: the stunning young woman aptly named Jewel (Liv Tyler). Before the night was over, she had become all the three men could think about: she moved in on/with one, made the other forget his (living) wife, and made the third forget his (dead) wife. As one of the men would point out in a rare moment of clarity, "The sex and the violence, all in one night - it?s a little much." With a woman like Jewel, there was more - much more! - to come. Jewel was more trouble than these three men were worth?and what she wanted was bigger than all of them put together.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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