A Cool, Dry Place

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A Cool, Dry Place
A Cool Dry, Place Poster
Directed byJohn N. Smith
Produced byKatie Jacobs
Gail Mutrux
Written byMatthew McDuffe
Based on a novel by Michael Grant Jaffe
Music byCurt Sobel
CinematographyJean Lépine
Edited bySusan Shipton
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
November 6, 1998
Running time
97 minutes
Box office$4,390

A Cool, Dry Place[1] is a 1998 drama movie adapted by Matthew McDuffie from the 1996 novel Dance Real Slow by Michael Grant Jaffe. It was directed by John N. Smith. The movie stars Vince Vaughn, Monica Potter, Joey Lauren Adams and Bobby Moat.


Russ, (Vince Vaughn) a single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five-year-old son, Calvin (Bobby Moat). Father and son adjust to their new life in rural Kansas. Eighteen months ago wife and mother, Kate, (Monica Potter) abandoned husband and son. Grandpa from Florida sends Calvin a Man-of-War jellyfish. The jellyfish is obviously dead but the boy wants to keep it and no less names it "Mom".

Russ also coaches the local high school basketball team and he kicks disrespectful Noah (Devon Sawa) off the team. The boy's older sister and guardian Beth, (Joey Lauren Adams) dumps a bag of dog food on the coach's windshield. This meeting leads to a new relationship with Beth, a veterinarian's assistant. Suddenly wife Kate reappears and wants to re-assert herself in her husband and son's life. On top of the romantic conflict, Russ is also presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to join a major firm in Dallas.

While Russ is in Dallas for the job interview, Kate runs off with the boy to Cincinnati. The father follows his wife to get the unhappy son. Russ then turns down the job, the wife gives the boy back to his dad, and Russ and Calvin return to Kansas and Beth.



A large part of the film was not shot in Kansas, but rather in the town of Lindsay, Ontario (now part of the city of Kawartha Lakes) as well as the town of Brooklin.


  1. ^ Deming, Mark (2010). "A Cool Dry Place (1998)". Retrieved 2012-01-07.

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