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A Cool, Dry Place (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 January 1999 (USA)
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A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Durrell
Beth Ward
Bobby Moat ...
Calvin Durrell
Noah Ward
Bob Harper
Joyce Ives
Charlotte (as Siobhan Fallon)
Larry Ives (as Christopher Bauer)
Frankie Gooland
Carol Holman
Tom Johnson
Jack Newbauer
Dara Perlmutter ...


A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife abandoned him in Chicago. Just as he starts to develop a new relationship with a veterinarian's assistant, his ex-wife suddenly reappears and wants to re-assert herself in her husband and son's life. On top of the romantic conflict, he is also suddenly presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to join a major firm in Dallas. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Kate Durrell: [to Russ] When I was in the bathroom, I was thinking about the time, God, I don't even think Calvin was 6-months-old, when we were down at the lake. And it started to rain, and you put him in the ice chest, you covered him - you covered him with a blanket. And that's the way I always think of him when I think of him with you. Y'know, being safe and protected in a cool dry place.
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Loved It
16 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

OK I loved this movie. Vince Vaughn looks so hot in it, and his acting is phenomenal. I thought it was a great father/son story and had a lot of great character developments. Some parts are really quirky and cute but I guarantee that you will cry in the end. Joey Lauren Adams is too cute as his love interest. She really plays that part well. I felt like Monica Potter was a little awkward in the role of Calvin's mom, but then again that could have been the intention. And there's the added bonus of some hot love scenes! And Vince Vaughn's body? Not bad at all! Really hot. I recommend it to anyone-I started watching for a second and before I knew it I was glued to the TV.

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