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5.0 out of 5 stars very funny LOL, 15 July 2010
This review is from: One Night At Mccool's [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
What makes the script so clever is that it is the same story told from three different perspectives (i.e., by three different characters), and each character's bias in telling the story is clearly evident without going over the top. The filmmaker did an excellent job overall with continuity, which is crucial for a film like this, since many scenes had to be filmed multiple times, from each character's perspective. For example, Matt Dillon's character, Randy, was a pretty decent guy from his own perspective, but behaved like a "human obscenity" from Detective Dehling's point of view. To make those scenes work there must be continuity in blocking, dialogue, etc., and the filmmaker nailed it for the most part.
Casting is perfect: Matt Dillon is the gullible nice guy who loses everything he has to a woman, without the formality of a marriage and divorce. Paul Reiser is a pretentious, self-absorbed attorney with a penchant for bondage. John Goodman plays a good cop who is instantly saved from grief over his wife's death by a delusion. And of course, Liv Tyler just oozes sensuality as the femme fatale of the story.
The supporting cast of Michael Douglas, Andrew Dice Clay, Richard Jenkins and Reba McEntire are excellent in their respective roles--especially Andrew Dice Clay's portrayal of two characters with similarly mean temperaments.
Some of the one-liners in this film easily rank with comedy genius that made Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Fish Called Wanda, and Mystery Men into highly quotable films. Paul Reiser in particular, who I generally can't stand to watch for very long, finds a role that fits his style perfectly here.
I also felt that the cinematography and lighting were fabulous. Just look at the lighting inside the crowded bar, or inside the church. I notice how well this was done more and more with each subsequent viewing, but when you first watch the film it merely enhances the storytelling. So the filmmakers deserve a lot of credit there.
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