The Cooler details
|Starring:||William H. Macy, Paul Sorvino, Ron Livingston, Alec Baldwin, Estella Warren, Maria Bello, Shawn Hatosy, Estella Warren|
|Run time:||1 hour 38 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Oct 2004|
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Are you lucky?By LeoM (19 reviews) from London , 21 Oct 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I like the idea behind this film and the underlying message that luck is a consequence of inner well-being and a positive psychology. The paradox of Las Vegas is beautifully presented to us - the seeming dazzle and exhilaration of the strip against the soulless and lonely existence that many of its workers experience each day. The Cooler is one of these workers, a man employed by the Shangri La to bring bad luck to high rollers just by being himself and 'cooling' the floor. The cooler crosses paths with a waitress and an unlikely relationship develops which has dire consequences for the profit-margin of the casino. The concept that luck can be influenced and is not purely random might stick in the throats of some and the improbability of a young beautiful woman falling for an ageing looser is maybe questionable, but as they say, love works in mysterious ways. Despite the implausibility, The Cooler comes off as believable, if only just. Alec Baldwin is fantastic as the traditionalist casino manager who resists change in the name of nostalgia. In many ways the superficial existence of Vegas life is captured best by Baldwin and shows that it runs right through the hierarchy of power, from management to floor worker. The story is predictable but still throws up a few shocking moments, and at the end of the day is an enjoyable and unique film.
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Good and sweetBy tomb (36 reviews) from Lowestoft , 20 May 2009A nice little flick with a sweet character as the lead role and a happy ending.
hot, cool chillerBy a customer from London , 19 May 2009an uneasy mix of humour and violence not helped by ludicrous last 2 minutes.
Hard to enjoy but movingBy muggsley (125 reviews) from Blackpool , 27 Mar 2009Excellent acting pervades this film.
Luck-killer / Casino dampener William H Macy (superb as always) finds love with beautiful blonde waitress Natalie (the delightful Maria Bello). Along the way there are struggles with debt-holding Shangri-La owner Alec Baldwin (a particularly nasty, violent psycho) and a money-grabbing son & his fake pregnant girlfriend.
The finale is well done too (escape!) but one is left with a sense of moody sadness about developments.
It will keep you thoroughly involved throughout though.
Hotter or CoolerBy garyman (32 reviews) from Denny , 24 Feb 2009I suppose a state that we all get to sometimes.
Worth a look.
Interesting Ditty...By a customer from Bedford , 19 Feb 2009Out with the old and in with the new.....the old basking in the old....and a quaint love story, this movie sauntered along with its mini-multi story lines (could of done a film about each of them) which kept me interested til the end.