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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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's financiers, unhappy they didn't recoup their investment, re-edited the film without involvement from director Michael Polish, who subsequently had his name removed. The movie is now credited to the pseudonym "Ted Smith". 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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Could be cool but it isn't
5 December 2011 | by hugobolso-1See 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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