The Cooler

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Title: The Cooler
Author: Sosiologian laitos; Department of Sociology; Sociologiska institutionen
Date: 2008-12-04
Abstract: The Cooler (2003, USA) by Wayne Kramer Main Cast: Alec Baldwin; William H. Macy; Company: Content Film The movie tells the story of Bernie Lootz, who is a ”cooler” in a casino. With his bad karma he calms the winning tables down. The casino boss, Shelly, wants to keep his valuable employee and hires the waitress Natalie to pretend to fall in love with Bernie. The “job” becomes real love and Bernie looses his bad karma: From now on every table he passes by wins. Scene: drugs male adults hard drugs 0:15:26-0:16:00: heroin Buddy Stafford is the aged star of Shelly’s casino. The scene plays in his dressing room, where he is complaining that he is getting old. Shelly tries to persuade him that he is still a good singer. Then Buddy urgently begs Shelly for heroine. He gets it and shoots it. After that Shelly leads Buddy to lie down. This scene will be for sure seen as addiction, as the craving of the poor old man is presented very insistently. Clip: 141

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