A Cool Dry Place
A Cool Dry Place (1998)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 6, 1998
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lael Loewenstein

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

Clint Morris

Good things come in small packages

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers much food for thought on single parenting and the deep ties between fathers and sons.

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Sandra Contreras
TV Guide

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.

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Dan Lybarger

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

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

A Cool, Dry Place is not a memorable film, but you could do a lot worse if you're looking for an honest human drama.

Dragan Antulov

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

Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

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

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

The gorgeous Vince Vaughn makes the most of his role as everybody's dream dad -- flaws and all -- while Bobby Moat, as his young son, is little short of miraculous.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
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.
Amy Amy
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… More
Leo L
A favorite. Love this movie!