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Film: One Night At McCool's

One Night at McCool's is a 2001 comedy film directed by Harald Zwart and starring Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, Paul Reiser and John Goodman.

Randy (Dillon), a down-on-his-luck bartender at the epononymous McCool's has his life turned upside down when he encounters seductress Jewel Valentine (Tyler), whom he saves from what initially seems to be her abusive boyfriend Utah. After a turn of events ends up with Utah murdered, the two become a couple. However, not long afterwards, two more men; Randy's cousin Carl (Resier) who is a sadomasochistic lawyer, and police detective Dehling (Goodman) who is investigating Utah's murder and grieving the death of his late wife; also develop obsessions with Jewel. The three men develop wildly different opinions of who Jewel is and what she is like, and the film primarily consists of the three recounting their personal interpretations of various events pertaining to her.


This film provides examples of:

  • Attempted Rape: Greg had attempted this on Jewel, but was unable to do so as Jewel had fought back against him, leading to him getting accidentally killed.
  • Black Comedy: Only Randy, Jewel, and the hitman survive the climax.
  • California Doubling: Takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, but was filmed in San Francisco. St. Louis does not look like San Francisco. At all.
  • Groin Attack: Halfway through the movie, Jewel accompanies a man named Greg back to his own home. When Greg attempts to have his way with her, Jewel refuses to do so, leading to her getting slapped by Greg from upon his bed and as Greg tells Jewel that he's gonna enjoy himself upon her (a.k.a. Attempted Rape), Jewel gets pissed and proceeds to kick him in the groin with her right leg before throwing a right uppercut punch against him and then using both of her feet to knock him back away from her.
  • The Rashomon
  • Shout-Out: to the other Michael Douglas' role in Falling Down.
  • The Vamp: Jewel


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alternative title(s): One Night At Mc Cools
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