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The unluckiest man in Vegas - a guy whose bad luck is contagious - is used by the last of the old time mob run casinos to kill high rollers' action. That is, until he falls in love with a cocktail waitress and gets "lady luck," which throws the situation into reverse. Things turn nasty when the casino director tries to break up the romance. Written by
The Cooler (2003) contains at least one tribute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. When Shelley is being shown the new jackpot machine during Bernie's "hot" scene, the demonstrator tells him he calls it Marnie, "y'know, 'cos she's one frigid broad!" This refers to Hitchcock's Marnie (1964), in which Tippi Hedren plays a woman who is very sexually reticent. In addition, the film's trademark extreme worm's-eye-view shots from beneath card tables (of croupiers pushing casino chips into extreme close-up) and floors (of the soles of Bernie's shoes) may be homages to The Lodger (1927), in which Ivor Novello is shot via a similar technique to increase tension. See more »
In the motel, when Shelly confronts Natalie, the camera and its operator are reflected in the upper right-hand corner of the mirror. See more »
Where's Bernie, they're killing us. Yeah, we need him right away.
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I enjoyed this movie. Wonderful performances all over, especially by Baldwin and Macy. Also, I felt intrigued by the character that Baldwin portrayed - a bad guy for whom you feel sorry. You don't see that every day, in your typical run-of-the-mill Hollywood movie. So why didn't it receive more than a six from me? One word: Predictability. All the supposedly interesting little plot-twists, you could see them coming a mile away. Also, the dialogue was at times somewhat cliché ("You don't have any real friends" or "I think I love you. No, wait. I'm *sure* I love you." - lines like these are going to come out goofy, even from the mouths of great actors.
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