One Night at McCools

Theatrical Release: April 27, 2001
One Night at McCools


Randy (Matt Dillon) owns his own home, has friends, and has a job as a bartender two blocks from his house. He’s a contented man. But one evening, Jewel (Liv Tyler), a mesmerizing woman hiding an unbalanced nature, comes into his bar. Before the night is over, Randy finds his life turned upside down. For this beautiful woman also happens to be a psychotic femme fatale. And Heaven help the poor souls who are attracted to her.****** In this dark, often demented comedy, our bumbling hero finds himself running from the law for a murder Jewel committed, while she blissfully takes over his home. Seeking revenge, Randy hires a hit man (Douglas) to end her reign of terror. But it turns out that Randy is not the only bumbler. So are his adulterous lawyer cousin, the investigating cop and the hit man, each quickly falling under Jewel’s siren spell.

Dove Review

This heavy-handed sex farce is filled with dopey, unlikable characters, and not much else. Most of the humor rests on crude, and sometimes deviant sexual activity, while the rest of the humor is drained out of a poor soul whose life is destroyed by a psychopath with one aim – owning a home, anybody’s home.****** Dark humor is generally used in satire or parody, but here it’s used to depress and defile the viewer.

Content Description

3 profanities and nearly 30 obscenities; sexual remarks and graphic sexual situations, although no nudity; coarse and lewd comic remarks; gay jokes; a masochistic lifestyle is played for laughs; the beautiful lead is a smoker; the male lead drinks beer throughout; a priest is the brunt of much humor as he is played as a voyeuristic man who wants to hear sexual details in the confessional; the lead couple live tighter outside marriage; there are several bloody deaths, including a final gun battle replete with slow motion shots of blood-spurting victims falling to their deaths.


Company: USA Films
Writer: Stan Seidel
Director: Harald Zwart
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright