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, 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.
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Liv Tyler
as Jewel
Matt Dillon
as Randy
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
Andrew Dice Clay
as Utah/Elmo
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
David Kronenberg
as Baby Tom
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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Critic Reviews for One Night at McCool's

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 26, 2007
New York Observer
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Full Review… | February 10, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | May 3, 2001
Ebert & Roeper
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Oblivious to its own towering obsolescence.

May 2, 2001
Village Voice
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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
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
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
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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