Saturday, May 22, 2010
A Cool, Dry Place (1998) [PG-13] ***
Russell Durrell (Vince Vaughn) is an attorney living in a small Kansas town, single-parenting his four-year-old son Cal (Bobby Moat). They are trying to get over the loss of Kate (Monica Potter), the wife and mother who abandoned them both eighteen months earlier. Just as Russell begins to get involved with Beth (Joey Lauren Adams) a local girl, Kate shows up to reconnect with little Cal, and, at the same time, a high-powered Texas law firm offers Russell a position in far-away Dallas.
All four actors give credible, if understated, performances in an emotional drama that does not seem to offer a clear resolution. Monica Potter gives an excellent performance in a part that might not elicit much sympathy from the audience, while Vince Vaughn has surprisingly good chemistry with both Monica Potter and Joey Lauren Adams. The parent-child bonding has a feeling similar to that found in Sleepless in Seattle and The Family Man. Finally, if you like Monica Potter, and you enjoy romantic comedy drama, I can highly recommend I'm With Lucy.
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