Termagant of Endearment

Liv Tyler makes the boys go crazy in One Night at McCool's

Framed with smashing style by Norwegian director Harald Zwart, McCool's feels like a funky '70s action flick souped up for a new era. Tyler is often attended by flashy visual effects, and the camera swoops around like an animal, giving the art of moviemaking a wild zing. It's only a shame that, despite its attempts to be ironic, the movie is literally a commercial for DVD consumption, failing to mention the evil zoning technology programmed into the discs by the powers that be greedy.

Det. Dehling (John Goodman), just another man turned into an ass by the sexy Jewel (Liv Tyler)
Det. Dehling (John Goodman), just another man turned into an ass by the sexy Jewel (Liv Tyler)

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Opens Friday.

Ultimately McCool's boils down to whether or not Tyler represents all things to all men. Oddly, here she seems determined to prove that she is more than just her body ... by exploiting her body. This pageant of cheap bumping and grinding will work for many, but this critic also suggests that her entire physical vocabulary could be blown away by one flutter of Emma Thompson's eyelids.

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