It’s safe to say that anyone who was regularly attending movies in the early Aughts probably remembers the One Night at McCool’s trailer more than its poster. Nevertheless, since it’s the awful-to-the-point-of-genius title of One Night at McCool’s that warrants One Night at McCool’s‘ attention most of all, it seemed appropriate for One Night at McCool’s to get a Reverse Shot Poster of the Week designation. Just a quick glance at One Night at McCool’s‘ poster is enough to unleash a fetid rush of late-Nineties nostalgia: the once ubiquitous John Goodman mustering manly cop seriousness; Matt Dillon, coming off his Wild Things success (which had nothing to do with his presence), daringly showing off his fully fanned ears and frighteningly close-together eyes by staring straight into the camera; a pre-Rings Liv Tyler still trying to tart it up in an effort to distance her looks from those of her classically hideous-featured father; and, of course, Paul Reiser, repeating the butt-sniffing pose from the cover of his best-seller Couplehood.
Forget that One Night at McCool’s‘ plot evidently was some sort of comic variation on Rashomon set in a suburban dive bar—based on the low level of star wattage and the evident strain of gay panic and S&M/leather jokes from the trailer, its referent in my head will always be Neal Israel’s “Police Academy Goes to Driving School” non-classic Moving Violations. P.S.: Michael Douglas is also in One Night at McCool’s, as a hit man who looks alarmingly like that old Jewish granny from the Wonder Boys poster.
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