THE COOLER

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Release Date: November 26, 2003

Starring: William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin,
Maria Bello, Shawn Hatosy, and
Paul Sorvino

Genre: Romantic Comedy/Film Noir

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder THE COOLER is a quirky,
but graphic, romantic comedy
that delves into very dark,
film noir territory. It tries
for the sense of goofy
surprise that has become a
trademark of most of Quentin
Tarrantino’s movies, but
it’s not as smoothly
done. William H. Macy plays
the title role in the movie,
which is about a sad sack,
down-on-his-luck man named
Bernie, working at a casino in
Las Vegas. Bernie is in hock
to Shelly, the casino’s evil
owner, who uses Bernie to
“cool down” hot gamblers
and hot tables. Amazingly, all
Bernie has to do is touch a
roulette wheel or stand next
to a gambler for the tides of
fortune to turn in favor of
“the House.” One day,
however, a pretty blonde
waitress at the casino,
Natalie, takes a sudden
interest in Bernie. After
fornicating with Bernie,
Natalie finds herself
unexpectedly falling in love
with Berne, and Bernie’s
luck begins to change, much to
the chagrin of Shelly. Making
matters worse is that Shelly
is feeling pressure from the
mob bosses, who want him to
re-fashion the casino into a
modern, family-friendly
resort. THE COOLER could have
been a much more accessible
comic thriller were it not for
its obscene amount of strong
foul language, graphic sex,
explicit nudity, and crude
violence. This objectionable
content keeps fighting the
movie’s lighter tone, to the
detriment of both the cast and
the crew. The movie keeps
viewers wondering whether
Bernie’s luck has really
changed, or whether he and
Natalie will succumb to the
tragic fate of Romeo and
Juliet. The question remains
doubtful until the very end.
The best part of the movie,
however, is the fact that
Bernie clearly draws strength
from Natalie’s love.
Regrettably, however, the
movie pollutes their love by
focusing so much on the
graphic sex and nudity. Please
address your comments to: Tom
Ortenberg, President Lions
Gate FIlms 4553 Glencoe Ave.,
Suite 200 Marina del Rey, CA
90292 Phone: (310)
314-2000 Fax: (310)
396-6041 Website:
www.lionsgatefilms.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 101 minutes

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Director: Wayne Kramer

Executive Producer:

Producer: Michael Pierce and Sean
Furst EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Edward R. Pressman, John R.
Schmidt, Alessandro Camon,
Brett Morrison, Robert
Gryphon, and Joe Madden

Writer: Frank Hannah and Wayne Kramer

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Content:

(PaPa, B, LLL, VVV, SSS, NNN, A, DD, MM) Mixed pagan worldview focusing on being lucky and unlucky, with some moral elements including character says “Thank you, God” three times; at least 130 mostly strong obscenities, 12 strong profanities, eight light profanities, and obscene gesture; very strong violence includes villain shoves woman’s face into mirror, woman’s face bleeds with deep cuts in it, man shot in head from behind, aftermath of terrible car crash shown, man brutally beats up another man in restroom, man confesses giving another man too much heroin, villain punches phony pregnant lady in belly, and villain hits man’s legs with baseball bat; depicted fornication, implied fornication, implied oral sex, and nude couple lies on bed in several scenes; full female nudity, obscured full male nudity, many shots of upper female nudity, rear nudity, and upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking and man shoots heroin and later dies; and, gambling, cheating, lying, gangsterism, and rage.

GENRE: Romantic Comedy/Film Noir

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Summary:

THE COOLER is a quirky, comical film noir about a sad sack who finds his luck changing when a pretty waitress falls in love with him. THE COOLER could have been a much more accessible comic thriller were it not for its obscene amount of foul language, graphic sex, explicit nudity, and crude violence.

Review:

THE COOLER is a quirky, but graphic, romantic comedy that delves into very dark, film noir territory. It tries for the sense of goofy surprise that has become a trademark of most of Quentin Tarrantino’s movies, but it’s not as smoothly done.

William H. Macy plays the title role in the movie, which is about a sad sack, down-on-his-luck man named Bernie, working at a casino in Las Vegas. Bernie is in hock to Shelly, the casino’s evil owner, who uses Bernie to “cool down” hot gamblers and hot tables. Amazingly, all Bernie has to do is touch a roulette wheel or stand next to a gambler for the tides of fortune to turn in favor of “the House.”

One day, however, a pretty blonde waitress at the casino, Natalie, takes a sudden interest in Bernie. After fornicating with Bernie, Natalie finds herself unexpectedly falling in love with Berne, and Bernie’s luck begins to change, much to the chagrin of Shelly. Making matters worse is that Shelly is feeling pressure from the mob bosses, who want him to re-fashion the casino into a modern, family-friendly resort.

THE COOLER could have been a much more accessible comic thriller were it not for its obscene amount of strong foul language, graphic sex, explicit nudity, and crude violence. This objectionable content keeps fighting the movie’s lighter tone, to the detriment of both the cast and the crew. The movie keeps viewers wondering whether Bernie’s luck has really changed, or whether he and Natalie will succumb to the tragic fate of Romeo and Juliet. The question remains doubtful until the very end. The best part of the movie, however, is the fact that Bernie clearly draws strength from Natalie’s love. Regrettably, however, the movie pollutes their love by focusing so much on the graphic sex and nudity.

Please address your comments to:

Tom Ortenberg, President

Lions Gate FIlms

4553 Glencoe Ave., Suite 200

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Phone: (310) 314-2000

Fax: (310) 396-6041

Website: www.lionsgatefilms.com

SUMMARY: THE COOLER is a quirky, comical film noir about a sad sack who finds his luck changing when a pretty waitress falls in love with him. THE COOLER could have been a much more accessible comic thriller were it not for its obscene amount of foul language, graphic sex, explicit nudity, and crude violence.

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