MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 208 this week

The Cooler (2003)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 27,322 users   Metascore: 69/100
Reviews: 212 user | 156 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss' consternation.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $5.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 11 Jun 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 04 Jul 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 30 Sep 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 10 Oct 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 08 Feb 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "The Cooler" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Cooler (2003)

The Cooler (2003) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Cooler.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crossing Over (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Crossing Over is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Kramer
Stars: Harrison Ford, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta
I Accuse (2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A chilling tale based on a real event in which a doctor stepped out of line and sexually assaulted a patient when drugged.

Director: John Ketcham
Stars: Estella Warren, John Hannah, John Kapelos
Irreversi (2010)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A thriller about the effect of a financial windfall on a married couple.

Director: Michael Gleissner
Stars: Mei Melançon, Ian Bohen, Estella Warren
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands.

Director: Wayne Kramer
Stars: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Chazz Palminteri
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

See You in September is an original romantic comedy set in current day Manhattan. The film centers around Lindsay, a beautiful woman who seemingly has it all, but is deeply afraid of ... See full summary »

Director: Tamara Tunie
Stars: Estella Warren, Justin Kirk, Sandra Bernhard
Transparency I (2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A security guard uncovers more than he bargained for.

Director: Raul Inglis
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Estella Warren, Deborah Kara Unger
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A bank manager with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multimillion dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history.

Director: Richard Kwietniowski
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, John Hurt
Crossing Over (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Wayne Kramer
Stars: Robert Donavan, Monte Grix, Michèle Lawrence
Blazeland (1992)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Rock star from the late 60's assumed dead in a car wreck, returns from the grave to promote a new band, the members of Cutting Edge, who have been lured to the rock star's Gothic mansion ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Kramer
Stars: Mitch Hara
Taphephobia (2006)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A man wakes up buried in a coffin, alone with the light from a cell phone.

Director: Aaron Pope
Stars: Desmond Harrington, Estella Warren, Danny Trejo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Mikey
...
...
Buddy Stafford
...
Charlene
...
...
Johnny Cappella
...
Highway Officer (as MC Gainey)
...
...
Lou
...
Tony
Richard Israel ...
Marty Goldfarb
Timothy Landfield ...
The Player
Edit

Storyline

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 Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When your life depends on losing... the last thing you need is lady luck. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 February 2004 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Golpe de suerte  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£151,514 (UK) (18 June 2004)

Gross:

£438,172 (UK) (2 July 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Bernie's Room 104 is located at the Town House Motor Lodge, 303 West Second Street, in Reno, Nevada. The film crew put another motel sign ("Bettor Life") over the Town House sign for filming the movie. The EZ Mini Market where Bernie shops is also at the Town House Motel. The Room 104 interiors were shot at the studio. The pool is still empty, even in the summers. The Town House is a quarter mile from the Golden Phoenix, at Second Street and Arlington in Reno. See more »

Goofs

Natalie's hair changes several times between shots when telling Bernie about her 'Little Joe.' See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Casino employee: Where's Bernie, they're killing us. Yeah, we need him right away.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Maria Bello's face is reflected on the side of the "Lady Luck" hotel. See more »

Connections

Features Lost Horizon (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Candy
(2003)
Written by Rebecca Kyler Downs & Brian Swartz (as Brian Swartz)
Performed by Rebecca Kyler Downs
Courtesy of The Kyler Company
By Arrangement with Position Soundtrack Services
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Terrific performances
11 February 2005 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

A "cooler" is a guy who stands next to you in a casino when you are having a winning streak that is suddenly interrupted. It is someone who has such a bad luck that people around him are influenced; he could be pretty important for casino bosses. The cooler here is Bernie and the face of William H. Macy is perfect for him. The casino boss is Shelly in a wonderful performance from Alec Baldwin. Soon Bernie will leave, but not before he has met and fallen in love with Natalie, played by Maria Bello (for me only known from 'Payback' and 'Coyote Ugly'), a third terrific performance. She seems to like him also and suddenly that means Bernie is lucky. This will give, unfortunately for Shelly and therefore himself as well, results on the casino floor. Things are getting complicated.

The story is pretty original and entertaining on itself. A sub-plot that deals with the idea of remodeling the casino into a more modern one, not if it is up to Shelly, gives him a reason to be annoyed and show his more cruel side. Baldwin is at best in these scenes. The performances take the film to the next level. Baldwin won an Oscar nomination and it is pretty clear why. You believe him the entire time, no matter what he does. From Macy we expect a good performance, he is one of the best character-actors out there. I was also pleasantly surprised with Bello, an Oscar nomination would not have been strange here; she is very good, even great in the scenes with Macy. In the end 'The Cooler' is a good film, becoming better through performances, entertaining all the way through.


29 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Macy Sold Out kevindoran77
Anyone think Baldwin is hot? leobourne
What is it that Shelly 'sees' in Bernie's kid's hand? Adams5905
Question about Ending haines
this seems a bit like a david mamet work... nalberico
Positivity joyinacceptance
Discuss The Cooler (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?