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Stay Cool (2011)

Stay Cool

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

September 16, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

94 min.

Production Budget

$4.5 millions

Studio

Initiate Productions

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Ted Smith

Producer

Ken Johnson, Janet DuBois

Screenwriter

Mark Polish

Starring

Story


"Stay Cool" is a American comedy film directed by Ted Smith, staring Winona Ryder, Sean Astin, Hilary Duff, Josh Holloway, with Jon Cryer, and Chevy Chase.

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 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 Wino (Josh Holloway), the school principal (Chevy Chase) and a dangerously sexy senior named Shasta O'Neil (Hilary Duff) who clearly has the hots for him, Henry is sent spinning through a time warp that incites all the old emotions and challenges of the world he grew up in. Teetering between unsettling memories of his teenage past and his all too uncertain adult future, Henry can only hope to "Stay Cool" and make it, once again, to graduation day.

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Hilary Duff stars as Shasta O'Neil and Mark Polish stars as Henry McCarthy in Initiate Productions' Stay Cool (2011)
Winona Ryder stars as Scarlet Smith in Initiate Productions' Stay Cool (2011)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the film with its cartoonish figures, bad jokes and hackneyed situations, fails to make the grade..”
by Robert Abele [LA Times]
“..the film doesn't gorge on nostalgia, keeping most of the '80s in the rear-view mirror..”
by Brian Orndorf [BrianOrndorf.com]
“..it feels a bit rushed, suggesting nothing more than an homage to Pretty in Pink or Some Kind of Wonderful..”
by Adam Keleman [Slant Magazine]