The Cooler (2003)

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Bernie works at a Las Vegas casino, where he uses his innate ability to bring about misfortune in those around him to jinx gamblers into losing. His imposing boss, Shelly Kaplow, is happy with the arrangement. But Bernie finds unexpected happiness when he begins dating attractive waitress Natalie Belisario.

"The Cooler" is a 2003 American romantic drama film directed by Wayne Kramer and starring William H. Macy, Maria Bello, and Alec Baldwin. The plot revolves around a guy with an unfortunate streak, who works for a casino in Las Vegas and becomes romantically included with a waitress.

Plot Summary
William H. Macy represents Bernie Lootz, who operates in a Las Vegas gambling establishment called "Shangri-La," managed by the tough and wise, Shelly Kaplow (Alec Baldwin). Bernie Lootz is a professional "cooler," someone whose bad luck is so infectious that his mere existence at the gaming tables can stop a hot streak. He is a sad, solitary guy paying his financial obligation to Shelly by subtly injecting his own misery into the lives of its most fortunate patrons.

Things take a turn for Bernie when he falls for a hard-luck mixed drink waitress Natalie (Maria Bello), and his luck starts changing for the better. He starts winning, and the video games he cools start turning hot. Shelly, baffled by the sudden stroke of 'luck', becomes frustrated about its results on his casino. On the other hand, Bernie's separated kid, Mikey (Shawn Hatosy), shows up in town, accompanied by his pregnant spouse, including more stress to the scenario.

At the same time, a casino 'consultant,' Larry Sokolov (Ron Livingston), employed by the new owners, is pushing Shelly to update his old-school Sin City visual to draw, the more youthful and more thriving patrons. However Baldwin's loyal-to-his-roots Shelly resists this modification.

When Bernie chooses to leave Vegas and take Natalie with him, Shelly abuses Natalie to prevent Bernie from moving. This scary act reverses Bernie's newly found luck. Still, the film ends on a surprising note with Bernie's golden touch continuing, making the film a discreetly sweet romantic tale in the not-so-glamorous side of Las Vegas.

Performances and Praises
The efficiencies of William H. Macy and Maria Bello have been applauded, supplying the movie with substantial psychological depth. Alec Baldwin's representation of Shelly made him an Oscar election for Best Supporting Actor.

"The Cooler" is a movie that integrates elements of romance, drama, and luck's metaphysics in the setting of Las Vegas' bustling yet dark reality. Highlighting first-class performances and a riveting plot, it provides thought-provoking home entertainment that checks out the often-overlooked elements of Sin City. In spite of its enigmatic title, "The Cooler" manages to generate heat through its exploration of love, change, and the unpredictability of fortune.

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