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A Cool Dry Place1998

A Cool Dry Place (1998)




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Vince Vaughn stars in this drama about a single father trying to balance career ambitions against personal responsibilities. In A Cool Dry Place, Vaughn plays Russell, a lawyer in a small town in Kansas who has been raising his five-year-old son Calvin (Bobby Moat) on his own since his wife Kate (Monica Potter) left him without notice. After a year and a half as a single man, Russell is starting to rebuild his personal life and begins dating Beth (Joey Lauren Adams), a pretty veterinarian's assistant who has taken a shine to him. However, Russell's new relationship runs into rough waters when Kate returns, looking to re-establish her relationship with Calvin, and Russell is offered a high-paying job with a law firm in Dallas, TX. Director John N. Smith, best known for Dangerous Minds, shot the Kansas sequences on location in Ontario, Canada; Dallas, however, plays itself. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Vince Vaughn
as Russell
Bobby Moat
as Calvin
Todd Louiso
as Bob Harper
Jenny Robertson
as Joyce Ives
Nicholas Campbell
as Frankie Gooland
Chris Bauer
as Larry Ives
Janet Kidder
as Carol Holman
Doug Wert
as Tom Johnson
Skipp Sudduth
as Jack Newbauer
Jennifer Irwin
as Connie Harper
Ben Bass
as Placement Agent
Peter Costigan
as Gas Station Attendant
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Critic Reviews for A Cool Dry Place

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

The kind of plodding, conventional fare usually reserved for TV movies.

October 4, 2009

Its heart is in the right place, but this sweet drama just doesn't build enough true drama from its slender premise. That said, it's not bad enough to merit the kind of stealth release its studio has imposed on it.

October 4, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Could have been much better with slightly tighter pacing and with less drowning in sentimentalism.

September 8, 2004 | Rating: 5/10

Good things come in small packages

November 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

While the movie deals with the issues of single parenthood in a believable manner, director John N. Smith's handling borders on pedestrian.

December 20, 2002 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

The film devolves into trite melodrama. But on the strength of several good performances, the authenticity of emotion remains intact.

June 5, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Cool Dry Place

I'm shocked people aren't amazed at the child actor. Most kids over-act, and it's very annoying. This kid was phenomenal. It's refreshing when a movie has no car chase scenes, explosions, and no one getting shot. Just real life.

Amy Amy
Amy Amy

Super Reviewer


This is one of my favorite Vince Vaughn movies. A single dad trying to be a good father to his adorable son. This is a very heart warming, cute movie.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A favorite. Love this movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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