A casino uses an unlucky man, Bernie, as a cooler, a person who causes problems for winning players. Bernie is the best cooler in the business, but he plans on leaving the casino in a week.
To keep Bernie around, Shelley, the part casino owner hires a waitress, Natalie, to date him. But Natalie falls in love with Bernie and he falls in love with her.
With a new outlook on life, lady luck smiles on Bernie. Suddenly everyone that comes in contact with Bernie goes on a lucky streak.
Not wanting to lose Bernie and his bad luck, Shelley ships Natalie off to another casino, but Natalie comes back. Shelley slaps her around, but she refuses to leave Bernie.
Bernie tries talking to Shelley, but it's no use. Bernie owes Shelley money and Shelley won't let him leave. So, Bernie, a former gambler, uses his new found luck to win a lot of money so he and Natalie can get away.
Unhappy with the way Shelley has let the casino diminish, the other owner has him killed. Once out of town, Bernie and Natalie get pulled over by a hitman posing as a cop. However, lady luck shines on Bernie one last time as the hitman is killed by a drunk driver before he can shoot Bernie and Natalie who ride off into the sunset.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson
Bernie Lootz (Macy) is such a loser that his mere proximity makes other people lose too. This is great for Shelly Kaplow (Baldwin), the manager of the Shangri-La, last of the old mob-run casinos in Vegas, to whom Bernie has owed a lot of money, because Shelly uses Bernie as his "cooler" -- a guy who wanders from table to card game, killing high rollers' luck. But Bernie has almost paid off his debt to Shelly and wants to move on, just as Shelly's bosses want to demolish the Shangri-La and rebuild along the lines of the more glitzy, family-entertainment casinos along the Strip. Bernie's luck changes in a couple different ways when he falls for a gorgeous young waitress named Natalie (Bello), and his long-estranged son shows up with a pregnant girlfriend, looking for money. This 2003 gem, co-written and directed on a shoestring by Wayne Kramer, is both tense and romantic/sexy. All the leads are wonderful (Bello's features seem cut from the same mold as Sharon Stone and Naomi Watts), but this was a role Macy was born to play, and Baldwin is ferociously riveting as a street-smart villain with certain odd values of his own. Paul Sorvino has a spiky cameo as a heroin-addicted lounge singer on the fast track down.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus