David Everitt
May 21, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Cool, Dry Place

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Joey Lauren Adams, Monica Potter, Vince Vaughn
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

Ordinarily he may be flippant, smarmy, or plain psycho, but here Vaughn makes something worthwhile out of a film that’s just slightly less formulaic than a TV movie. In A Cool, Dry Place he plays an earnest single dad juggling parental responsibilities and a romantic triangle involving his negligent, estranged wife (Potter) and an irresistible divorcee (Adams). He’s surprisingly at ease in the role, still offhand and incisive, whether conveying fatherly affection or, in more characteristic moments, fulminating with frustration. B-

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