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: gambling male adults table games alcohol tobacco Transgressive 1:26:20-1:28:14: gambling This scene is the climax of the film. Bernie gambles to pay his debts to Shelly. Two times Bernie is losing. Then he bets everything on one throw and wins. The audience can only see this in the reflection of the winning dices in Shelly’s eyes. When not knowing the whole film, there is not much likelihood that it will be seen as addiction. When knowing the film it can be seen as addiction, as Bernie is chasing losses (his and his son’s). Clip: 145

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