February 13, 2004

The Cooler

coolerI was expecting a Get Shorty-style Vegas comedy, but I got a Leaving Las Vegas-style downer instead. I found the movie needlessly brutal. The script was very film-noir retro. A loveable loser (William H. Macy) and a cocktail waitress with a heart of gold (Maria Bello) fall in love, while forces beyond their control (Alec Baldwin) force them apart. Don't forget the loser son (Shawn Hatosy) who is making all the same mistakes the father did. (Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge)