Stay Cool
Stay Cool (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 16, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011
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Critic Score: 14% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Attempts to pay homage to the '80s oeuvre of filmmaker John Hughes, but its singular lack of emotional logic, charm and humor bring to mind a couple of hours in detention instead.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

There is much here to find admirable but a whole lot less to genuinely like.

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Adam Keleman
Slant Magazine

This is thoroughly a family affair, but with the Polish brothers' upcoming film Manure just around the corner, Stay Cool feels a bit rushed, suggesting nothing more than an homage to Pretty in Pink or Some Kind of Wonderful.

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Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine

like an exercise in calculated nostalgia

Brian Orndorf

Stay Cool is their most grounded effort, attacking the formulaic discomfort and confusion of an impending high school reunion. It doesn't always convince, but it's the most approachable Polish production to date.

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Flixster Audience Score: 24% Flixster User Reviews
Joshua Wilburn
This film had it's moments. The characters were enjoyable and the juxtaposation of the audio-book and the situations happening on the screen helped bring… More
Walter M.
After graduating high school and getting as far away from his small home town as possible, Henry McCarthy(Mark Polish, who also wrote the screenplay while his… More
Eliza Norton
If you girls really like prom nights , graduations ,highschool ...etc check it out! As for you guys still can watch it because it is not annoying at all.Well… More
Dann Michalski
Stay Cool is a romantic comedy that has some fun, but doesn't quite know where it's going. The story involves a writer who returns to his hometown to… More
Nicki Marie
I purchased this one as an ex-rental before seeing it. Reading some of the reviews here, was a bit concerned I had picked up a crap one, but actually I found… More
Christopher Haskell
With a big cast and Mark Polish taking the writing and acting roles, Stay Cool lands mostly on its feet. About an author who returns to his hometown and… More