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The Cooler back to product details

More Miss Than Hit
written by randomcha March 17, 2006 - 7:28 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
An ingenious set-up is sadly wasted in this unsatisfying film. The setup? Macy plays a loser who transfers his bad luck to anything he comes into contact with; he works at a Vegas casino "cooling" any lucky streaks. A brilliant idea that could have been developed many ways: a cynical rumination on fate; a goofy satire of Vegas; even a sweet-natured fairy tale (he meets a waitress and falls in love). Instead, the script makes the very uninteresting choice of having every character a stereotypical cipher, chained to the contrived machinery of a predictable plot. Which could very well have worked as a comedy (think Preston Sturges, or even Frank Tashlin). But instead we're treated to nasty, unecessary bouts of violence and swearing. So the film ends up neither here nor there. The actors certainly can't be faulted: Macy, Balwdin and especially Bello dig into their parts with relish and consistently contribute interesting bits. But the film just doesn't gel. An "oh come on" ending doesn't help either. Oh well. Stick with "Hard Eight," "Casino," or even "California Split" if you want to see it done right.

rating from a non-believer
written by DNorris September 24, 2004 - 4:06 PM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I tend to escape into movies but when they diverge too far from reality, I become bored and turn off. There is such a thing as too much poetic license, but I found this movie entertaining to watch since the premise was original. I don't think I've seen a story like this and William Macy is pathically wonderful.

written by talltale May 15, 2004 - 1:07 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
To fully enjoy THE COOLER, it's recommended that you simply go along with the movie's message about luck. Similar to but not as dark as the recent Spanish film "Intacto," this one posits that there are people among us who--without even trying--bring others bad or good luck. Nicely filmed and sporting characters who, at their best, are still a little seedy, the movie has a terrific "look," capturing Las Vegas' seamier side, as well as its ersatz glamour. Maria Bello and Wm. H. Macy are wonderful together; it's great to see sex scenes that feature adults! Alec Baldwin creates a complex bad/good guy; he deserved that recent Academy Award nomination for this role. Look for nice cameos from pros like Paul Sorvino and Ellen Greene, too. "The Cooler" is a winner--in a number of ways.

A Vegas Guy talks about a Vegas movie
written by shanandjohn April 30, 2004 - 1:54 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I have to tell you... I love "The Cooler". Maybe because I live in Las Vegas and I love the downtown area where this movie takes place. A story of luck and how your perception can effect your reality. William H. Macy plays a wonderful character with "Bernie Lootz". His name almost sounds like loser. What sets this character apart from Macy's other role is the fact you also see this character as someone who can be sexy. Off hand I don't remember seeing THIS MUCH of Macy in any of his other films. Macy encompasses the "everyday man" in most of his roles and this one is no exception. Now Alec Baldwin in this movie is just on fire. One of his better roles as the casino manager of Shangra-La. What starts out as a tough guy character turns into an even tougher guy with some redeeming qualities. One of my Favorite scenes in the movie is Between Baldwin character and Paul Sorvino's (Buddy Stafford). They talk about life and the nature channel but both of them are talking about each other. Rent this movie and you will see what I mean.


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