Stay Cool

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Movie Info

A successful author (Mark Polish) reunites with a high-school beauty (Winona Ryder) when he returns to his hometown.

Cast & Crew

Mark Polish
Henry McCarthy
Winona Ryder
Scarlet Smith
Hilary Duff
Shasta O'Neil
Marc Blucas
Brad Nelson
Chevy Chase
Principal Marshall
Frances Conroy
Mrs. Leuchtenberger
Dee Wallace
Mrs. McCarthy
Michael Gross
Mr. McCarthy
Mark Polish
Screenwriter
M. David Mullen
Cinematographer
Cary Gries
Film Editor
Helen Harwell
Art Director
Peggy Paola
Set Decoration
Christie Wittenborn
Costume Designer
Ken Johnson
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Audience Reviews for Stay Cool

  • Sep 07, 2014
    After graduating high school and getting as far away from his small home town as possible, Henry McCarthy(Mark Polish, who also wrote the screenplay while his brother Michael directed) made it big by writing a best selling novel about his high school experiences. That entitles him to give one high school commencement speach. But somehow the airline is not so impressed when they lose his luggage. At least Henry has friends(Sean Astin & Josh Holloway) who are still there to give him a ride from the airport. And then Henry starts immediately obsessing over Scarlet(Winona Ryder) who barely knew he existed in high school and has problems of her own currently with her ex-husband Brad(Marc Blucas). "Stay Cool" is an uneven comedy with some great moments in amusingly detailing how high school never really ends. One can simply try to move on as best as one can. Just as much as Mark Polish's awkwardness in the lead works both for and against the movie, the movie's main strength comes from its supporting cast, namely Winona Ryder who definitely needs to be in more movies. Otherwise, there are a couple of odd references and product placement.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2012
    Stay Cool is a romantic comedy that has some fun, but doesn't quite know where it's going. The story involves a writer who returns to his hometown to deliver the commencement address at his former high school, and along the way he visits some old friends, including his former high school crush. The film has an interesting cast, which includes Mark Polish, Winona Ryder, Sean Astin and Hilary Duff. And while they all play some pretty fun characters, they don't always seem like they're in the same film. Still, a lot of the film works and it has some interesting things to say about the high school experience and how it affects our lives. Stay Cool has its moments, but has trouble delivering a satisfying story.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2012
    With a big cast and Mark Polish taking the writing and acting roles, Stay Cool lands mostly on its feet. About an author who returns to his hometown and revisits old relationships from high school, Stay Cool is slightly above any straight-to-DVD releases in its class, but still lacks that something special that sells it on the big screen.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2012
    This film had it's moments. The characters were enjoyable and the juxtaposation of the audio-book and the situations happening on the screen helped bring a third dimension to the story. The film has it's glitches and problems (such as a 37 year old being so easily manipulated by an 18 year old.) but it makes up with the connection you have with the lead character. This is my first polish brothers film and it makes me want to look into their films more so Mike & Michael, you got a new fan. P.S.- Wynona Ryder, hottest actress EVER!!!
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