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One Night at McCool's (2001)



Critic 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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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, 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.more
Rating: R (violence, language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Stan Seidel, Stanford Clarke "Stan" Seidel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2001
Box Office: $5.7M
USA Films - Official Site


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
Sandy Martin
as Bingo Vendor Woman
Mary Jo Smith
as Bingo Caller
Ric Sarabia
as Uniformed Cop at Bar
Rob Neukirch
as Deliveryman
Earl Carroll
as Bingo Player No. 2
Rosco DeSpain
as Bingo Player No. 1
Eric Ware
as Uniformed Cop at Hou...
Gary Brussell
as Uniformed Cop at Hou...
Veslemoey Ruud Zwart
as Clinique Counter Sal...
Rad Milo
as State Trooper
Harry Van Gorkum
as Psychic Guru
Kelly Slater
as Jeep Owner
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Critic Reviews for One Night at McCool's

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (36)

Oblivious to its own towering obsolescence.

Full Review… | May 2, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

The actors make the most of a predictable story line, and almost without exception the jokes are funny.

Full Review… | April 27, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Feels like a needless, thankless, charmless shout-out to the '80s rock video.

Full Review… | April 27, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Disappointing, too violent, and not very funny.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

...a breezy, nasty little film that delivers more than it promises.

Full Review… | January 29, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

No matter how bad a movie with A-list actors involved is, it will still be released - somewhere, sometime, to someone.

Full Review… | March 4, 2004

Audience Reviews for One Night at McCool's

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 Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Despite the pretty good cast and acting, this movie about a love-and-murder story told from different points-of-view is only average at best. I expected more and was seriously disappointed.

Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer


A dark version of There's Something ABout Mary, where all the guys fancy the same girl. Except Liv uses this to her advantage to get what see wants. Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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