The Cooler
Filmfest 2008

Macy gives one of his best performances as Bernie, a Vegas gambler with a knack for losing. His casino-manager pal Shelly hires him as a cooler, a "piece of walking Kryptonite" who can jinx a high roller just by sitting next to him. Then Bernie's luck changes. He meets Natalie, a cocktail waitress who beds him with grab-ass vigor. Bello breaks through as an actress of dazzle and depth. And Macy makes Bernie's sexual awakening a joy to behold. In an unrated version of the film the actors showed - yikes! - pubic hair. To earn an R rating, all things pubic had to go. No matter. Hollywood hypocrisy can't kill the killer rapport between Macy and Bello, who turn THE COOLER into an indelibly funny and heartfelt love story. Peter Travers, rollingstone.com

tags: Feature film

Cast: William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, Shawn Hatosy

Credits

Director: Wayne Kramer