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Stay Cool (2009)

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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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Michael Polish (as Ted Smith)

Writer:

Mark Polish
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Scarlet Smith
Mark Polish ... Henry McCarthy
Sean Astin ... Big Girl
Hilary Duff ... Shasta O'Neil
Josh Holloway ... Wino
Jon Cryer ... Javier
Chevy Chase ... Principal Marshall
Jessica St. Clair ... Darcy Portola
Frances Conroy ... Mrs. Leuchtenberger
Marc Blucas ... Brad Nelson
Joanna Cassidy ... Mrs. Smith
Dee Wallace ... Mrs. McCarthy
Michael Gross ... Mr. McCarthy
Ken Johnson ... Mr. O'Neil
Jessica Schatz ... Mrs. O'Neil
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Storyline

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.

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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 »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

E Se o Amor Acontece... See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Initiate Productions See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening narration, the writer refers to past acquaintances by category. He refers to "soon to be out of the closet gay guys" as the picture focuses on a high school photo of a "Phil Morris". Phil Morris is the name of Steven Russell's (Jim Carrey's) male love interest and title character in I Love You Philip Morris (2009). See more »

Quotes

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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Ponzi Scheme
Performed by White Lights
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Mark Polish should have been fired and replaced.
24 July 2012 | by todd-488See all my reviews

Being a Winona Ryder fan, I saw this listed in her credits but had never heard of it. A cute concept for a movie is destroyed by a non-charismatic, lifeless and dull performance by Mark Polish. DULL! And when he speaks you can't even hear him! The actors around him (Winona, Hilary Duff, Sean Astin) are hilarious but can't save the movie. Hilary is a little too old now to play the High School dreamboat, but she pulls if off anyway. Too bad it's a bore, because the film has nice production values and decent writing. Who knows what really happens when a movie is made, but I'm sure Polish's lack of anything other than arriving on the set is the reason this wound up in Red Box and Netflix without ever being in theatres.


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