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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 »

Director:

John N. Smith

Writers:

Michael Grant Jaffe (novel), Matthew McDuffie (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Russell Durrell
Monica Potter ... Kate Durrell
Joey Lauren Adams ... Beth Ward
Bobby Moat Bobby Moat ... Calvin Durrell
Devon Sawa ... Noah Ward
Todd Louiso ... Bob Harper
Jenny Robertson ... Joyce Ives
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Charlotte (as Siobhan Fallon)
Chris Bauer ... Larry Ives (as Christopher Bauer)
Nicholas Campbell ... Frankie Gooland
Aleksa Palladino ... Bonnie
Janet Kidder ... Carol Holman
Doug Wert ... Tom Johnson
Skipp Sudduth ... Jack Newbauer
Dara Perlmutter Dara Perlmutter ... Megan
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Storyline

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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love, sex and starting over...

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance Real Slow See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,390
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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A Little Too Dry?
7 June 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'A Cool, Dry Place' is not a bad film by and means and I think Smith's intentions were genuine but there's just something about it that doesn't make the film stay in mind. Perhaps it's the too familiar plot. The film is a little on the mellow side but enjoyable and has some very funny moments and gives a warm feeling. The location of the setting is refreshing and the score adds well to the country mood. Both Joey Lauren Adams and Monica Potter do well. Adams's performance is more natural while Potter's effort is sincere (she did have the harder part) but it is Vince Vaughn's film. The actor is outstanding. All the actors share a good chemistry that shines on screen. On the whole this 'A Cool, Dry Place' is a nice warm film but it's not one that stayed after ending. Perhaps I should give it another chance.


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