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The Cooler | 2003 | R | - 8.7.10

A thoroughly unlucky man (William H. Macy) is employed by a Las Vegas casino as a "cooler": His job is to make sure that winning streaks by casino patrons are "cooled" down, since his unluckiness is evidently contagious. However, when he and a cocktail waitress (Maria Bello) fall in love, his luck changes, and so does his usefulness. So the casino's crooked director (Alec Baldwin) tries to break up the romance. Also with Ron Livingston and Paul Sorvino. Directed by Wayne Kramer. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A woman takes off her top (she wears a leotard underneath), climbs on a man's lap, she takes of her skirt, the man unsnaps her leotard, we see her bare buttocks, they kiss, and we see him caress her bare breasts; we also see his bare buttocks, and he thrusts and moans. A woman moans and writhes, and we see a man's head at her crotch (presumably performing oral sex) and he kisses up her abdomen. We hear pounding against a hotel room wall, and we hear moaning and sexual noises (we hear this several times). A man and a woman sleep nude (their private parts are covered by their limbs), and he wakes and kisses her neck. We see a man and a woman nude (we see their bare buttocks, a part of her crotch, and her bare breasts). Topless women dance on a stage (we see bare breasts and buttocks). A man lies nude from the waist down and a woman has her hand on his crotch (we can see part of his scrotum). A woman asks a man for anal sex. A man and a woman hug and kiss, and a man and a woman hug and dance together. A man says "How'd you like to birdie that hole?" as a woman passes, a woman says to a man "50 bucks only buys 20 minutes," a man asks a woman how much it would cost for sex and he caresses her chest. Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is punched and shoved against a fence repeatedly, he screams, and he has a bloody nose and face; a woman who's watching screams, he's punched in the face three times, and a man kicks the woman in the stomach (she's pregnant). Also, a man hammers the beaten man on the leg several times (we hear bones crunching and hear him screaming). A man head-butts a man in the nose, and he punches him repeatedly (we see the man's face covered with blood). A woman is grabbed by two men who take her into a room and throw her onto the floor, a man hits her in the face, and she stumbles and falls into a mirror, breaking it and cutting her face (we see her later with a large bloody cut and a bloody bruise on her face). A man punches a man, holds him by the throat, he hits the man again, we hear a crunch and hear the man scream (we see him in a sling later). A man is shot in the head (we hear the gunshot). A man punches a man in the stomach, and the man threatens to kill him. A man and a woman are held at gunpoint by a man who is hit by a passing car and killed (we see the dead man, with a bloody head and face, on the hood of the car). A man lies dead with vomit stains on his face and a rubber band wrapped around his arm (he apparently overdosed). A man talks about having killed a man, and a man talks about a man hitting him in the leg with a bat and hobbling him. A man is hit in the head with a die. A man yells at a woman and insults her. A man has track marks on his arm from injecting himself with drugs.


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LANGUAGE 10 - 90 F-words and derivative, 1 obscene hand gesture, 8 sexual references, 27 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 26 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and one character injects himself in the arm with a drug.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gambling, winning and losing, luck, progress, nostalgia, respect, horoscopes, humiliation, friendship, adoption, love, guilt, selfishness, betrayal, divorce, estranged fathers, drunk driving.

MESSAGE - Luck is best shared with someone you love.

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