One Night at McCool's
Since director Harald Zwart's One Night at McCool's is driven by so little plot and so much hyperbolic male fantasy, he might as well have made a porno flick. Jewel (Liv Tyler) is supposed to be a beautiful seductress who drives men to madness, but she is essentially a high-end prostitute who manipulates men into stealing for her. For most of the movie, Randy the bartender (Matt Dillon), Dehling the police detective (John Goodman), and Carl the snotty lawyer (Paul Reiser) each tell the tale of his obsession with Jewel. À la There's Something About Mary, the three men pursue and fight over Jewel, but unlike Cameron Diaz's Mary, who was at least charming and intelligent, Jewel is nothing but a consumption-crazed sex fiend, and her suitors are mindless sexual automatons. One would be hard-pressed to find a more offensive and depressing depiction of men or women. Unless Liv Tyler makes you drool or you are part of the .00001 percent of the population that wants to see Paul Reiser in full S&M regalia, avoid McCool's.