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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CoolerBy cossieant (26 reviews) from Manchester , 17 Feb 2009Another strange one but not bad to watch
Understated triumphBy a customer from Sutton Coldfield , 04 Feb 2009This was a fantastic film....the performances by Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello and William Macy were terrific. . The filming felt very nostalgic, excellent choice of soundtrack.
Highly recommended. Some quite violent and explicit scenes, but all in context and in my opinion not gratuitous.
Haven't seen Casino yet so can't comment on whether this is better or not.
DireBy a customer from London , 19 Jan 2009If you started a forum on turkish delight, chances are that you'd get a few turkish delight enthusiasts singing its praises online. If they could vote, it would probably get at least a 4 star average, despite being looking and tasting more like a breast implant. (OK, I've never tasted a breast implant, but you get the jist). Secondly, things you've never heard of are generally unknown for a reason. For example, ask the average person who Adam Fairley is, chances are they'll shrug and admit defeat (for the record, he played in goal for the Under 15s third team at my secondary school and probably should have been famous for his diabolical goalkeeping record). But if you mention Cristiano Ronaldo, most people will have a good idea of who you're talking about. The funny thing is, people who write reviews are generally loons with nothing better to do and by definition have dreadful taste. Adam Fairley probably has a sizeable following on Facebook and turkish delight still sells in shops. And so I suppose it's no surprise that my choice of the highly star-rated, but little known film 'The Cooler' has resulted in a certain degree of disappointment. To be precise, I would rather have been dead than sit through that onslaught of drivel. It was as if someone had swept up all the very bad clippings that very bad directors had cut from their very bad, straight-to-video, wanna be black comedies and stuck them together into one enormous failure of a film. It even failed to reach the mark of cliche, so poor were its attempts to mimic the genre. And the central premise of the film is so utterly flimsy that I'd sooner believe that Adam Fairley will be in the England squad for our next World Cup campaign. Please don't rent this film. Please. Please.
not badBy ody (183 reviews) from Southampton , 24 Sep 2008pretty good film but dont invite your mates round for a night in with this one.
Worst film ever?By a customer from London , 28 Aug 2008Cliched, sensationalised and totally implausible throughout. The music, which is cheesy and inappropriate, sums it up for me and suggests that 'The Cooler'was made by someone with no previous experience of film making
A contender for the worst film ever made