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Henry McCarthy (Mark Polish), the 30-something author of the popular 80s-themed novel How Lionel Got Me Laid, returns to his suburban hometown of Sacramento to deliver the commencement speech at his former high school. Despite his success as an author Henry's return home has sparked all of the youthful dreams, desires and particularly disappointments he's never quite gotten over, specifically his unrequited affection for the girl who is now the local pharmacist: the elusive Scarlet Smith (Winona Ryder). Between run-ins with the outcast friends he left behind Big Girl (Sean Astin) and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

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"Attempts to pay homage to the '80s oeuvre of filmmaker John Hughes, but its singular lack of emotional logic, charm and humor bring to mind a couple of hours in detention instead."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"like an exercise in calculated nostalgia"
‑ Marlow Stern, Manhattan Movie Magazine
"Stay Cool is their most grounded effort, attacking the formulaic discomfort and confusion of an impending high school reunion. It doesn't always convince, but it's the most approachable Polish production to date."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"This is thoroughly a family affair, but with the Polish brothers' upcoming film Manure just around the corner, Stay Cool feels a bit rushed, suggesting nothing more than an homage to Pretty in Pink or Some Kind of Wonderful."
‑ Adam Keleman, Slant Magazine
"There is much here to find admirable but a whole lot less to genuinely like."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
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