The Cooler Movie Review 2003

Information and Film Reviews for The Cooler the Movie

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Bernie Lootz (Macy) is a Las Vegas gambler with a nasty losing streak. After getting into debt to casino manager Shelly Kaplow (Baldwin), Bernie finds himself indentured as a "cooler," a walking bad luck charm sent to cool off the winning streaks simply by sitting next to the gamblers. Bernie's luck begins to change about a week before he's finished paying off. He meets and falls for Natalie (Bello), a casino waitress, and it seems his perennial bad luck begins to disappear (but of course, there are complications). Great cast provides sterling performances all around. Most notable is Macy, who hits the jackpot playing a loser.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 101 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Gambling, Viva Las Vegas!, Waiters & Waitresses, Sex & Sexuality, Dads, Pregnant Pauses, Romantic Drama
Wayne Kramer, Frank Hannah
William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, Shawn Hatosy, Ron Livingston, Paul Sorvino, Estella Warren, Arthur J. Nascarelli, M.C. Gainey, Ellen Greene, Joey Fatone, Tony Longo
James Whitaker
Wayne Kramer
Mark Isham
Stephen Halbert, Arthur Coburn, Kristen M. Burke, Toby Corbett
Sean Furst, Michael Pierce, ContentFilm, Gryphon Films, Pierce-Williams, Furst Films, Dog Pond Films, Lions Gate Films


Natl. Bd. of Review 2003: Support. Actor (Baldwin).

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