The Cooler

Year: 2003

Director: Wayne Kramer

Cast: William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Ron Livingston

Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) is a constant looser whose bad luck seems striking, his marriage failed, his son doesn’t want to talk to him and his cat got lost. His ‘friend’, Shelly Kaplow (Alec Baldwin), the ruthless manager of the mob’s old style casino, hires him as a ‘cooler’ who has to infect the players with his bad luck. Bernie just had to stand near the table to kill the winning streak.
Things change when Bernie falls in love with beautiful waitress, the passionate night with whom throws his luck into reverse. This fact unnerves Shelly who is desperate at keeping his cooler in the office and he finds the way to do that by blackmailing Lootz placing his son’s life on stake.

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