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Stay Cool (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  16 September 2011 (USA)
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An author who returns to his hometown to deliver a commencement address to a class of graduating high school students has to deal with his feelings for an old flame as well as the advances of a student who has the hots for him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry McCarthy
Big Girl
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Mrs. Leuchtenberger
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Mrs. Smith
Mrs. McCarthy
Mr. McCarthy
Mr. O'Neil
Mrs. O'Neil


The film centers on a successful author who is forced to confront an unrequited high school crush when he returns home to deliver a commencement address to graduating seniors. Shasta O'Neil, a sexy high school senior flirts with the visiting author and invites him to the prom. The film is described as a "knowing-your-age comedy". Written by Anonymous

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Shoulda. Coulda. Woulda.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language including some drug references, and for some underage drinking | See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

E Se o Amor Acontece...  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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As Javier is walking to Henry's room he says on the phone, "It's a story about manure salesmen, no one will care at all!" Mark Polish who plays Henry, wrote and starred in "The Smell of Sucess" about manure salesmen. See more »


Shasta O'Neil: You can say yes now, and you can always say no later. But if you say no now, then you'll never ever have a chance to say yes.
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References The Lost Boys (1987) See more »


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Could be cool but it isn't
5 December 2011 | by (Uruguay) – See all my reviews

For Winona Ryder fans, this could be a nice movie. This is the story of a successful novelist, who returns to his home to give a graduation speech. Even when none in his town (including his parents and friend) actually read the book. He still obsessed with his old high-school crush Scarlet (Winona Ryder) who is separated from the aggressive Gym Class Coach (Marc Blucas). A 17 years old, and daughter of fellow classmates, student Shasta (Hillary Duff) is attracted to him. And every thing gets wrong. This could be a wonderful comedy. Winona Ryder shines in every appearance and supporting roles by TV stars John Cryer, Frances O'Connor, Marc Blucas and Josh Holloway helps a lot. Even Duff is convincing. And John Austin could be hilarious if he could share some chemistry with the co-producer, co-writer and co-director Mark Polish.

Unfortunately Polish performance is the big main flaw of the movie. It's a pity that with many good Americans comedian this uncharismatic and grey guy has the lead.

The script is not that bad, and the last part of the movie is actually very good, touchy, very nostalgic, very 80s. With a better comedian like Paul Rudd or Jason Bateman could be an indie smash hit.

Chevy Chase should be replace also by another TV comedian in his 60s.-

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