Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) is an unlucky guy. Everything he touches turns bad. However, his ill fortune is actually the one thing he depends upon to do his job to the best of his abilities; Bernie Lootz is the best 'cooler' in town. Working in one of Las Vegas' few remaining golden-era casinos, Bernie is employed by the ruthless Shelly (Alec Baldwin) to end the winning streak of anyone whose luck is on the up. But life in the bad luck lane has taken its toll and, after working for Shelly for years, Bernie has decided to move on. He then meets the hard-bitten Natalie (Maria Bello) and life takes a turn for the better. But as his fortunes change, so does his ability to 'cool' a winning streak, and soon an unhappy Shelly decides to make sure that Bernie never feels happiness again...
What was with the violence?
- The Cooler review by CP Customer
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!