Some guys are born lucky. Bernie Lootz isn’t one of then. Which explains why a gambling habit left him up to his eyeballs in debt. Fortunately for Bernie, Vegas mobster Shelly Kaplow is on hand to pick up the tab…at a price. In return Bernie is forced to spend night after night in Kaplow’s casino, the Shangri-La, working as a ‘cooler’ –so-called because his contagious bad luck is guaranteed to kill ant gambler’s winning streak. Then, his debt almost settled, Bernie falls for Natalie, a cocktail waitress at the Shangri-La, and senses the feeling is mutual, It looks like his fortunes are finally about to change. But the ruthless Kaplow has other plans. Losing Bernie’s unlucky influence could cost him millions, maybe even his casino, and that’s not going happen…no matter what it takes.
What was with the violence?
- The Cooler review by LG
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This film could have been really good if it wasn't for the pointless violence, which seemed to be mainly towards the women in the film, including a 'pregnant' woman, I understand that some films need a certain amount of violence (and actually this film should have had more violence in certain parts and towards the right people, again why was it all aimed at the women in the film) but at least justify it first and do it properly, this film seemed to just throw it in for interest and shock value (which is evident when the screen shoots perfect shots of the injuries a good few scenes after the actual violence...yes please get over it, it's not big and impressive), it was unneeded and the film could have been really good with out this or putting violence in at the right times with the right characters. I think more could have been told about the characters and their past especially the main character; they should have told more of his story, the actual stories of the characters seem to be quite vague.
On a more positive note the actual story line is quite interesting and the whole 'losers' 'winners' thing really works, it's great to see the little guy win for once!