Which film is about a Las Vegas shill hired by a casino to jinx high rollers' winning streaks?
The 2003 film that is about a Las Vegas shill hired by a casino to jinx high rollers' winning streaks is "The Cooler". In this film, a truly down on his luck, lonely single guy named Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) is working at a Las Vegas casino. Here he uses his innate ability to bring about misfortune in those around him. He is using his ability to jinx gamblers into losing. His imposing boss, Shelly Kaplow (Alec Baldwin), is happy with the arrangement. But Bernie finds unexpected happiness when he begins dating attractive waitress Natalie Belisario (Maria Bello). As his contentment with Natalie starts to affect his job, Shelly seeks to end Bernie's relationship.
"The Cooler" is a neo-noir romantic drama that was directed by Wayne Kramer and produced by Sean Furst and Michael A. Pierce. The original screenplay was written by Kramer and Frank Hannah. In old-school gambling parlance, a casino "cooler" is an unlucky individual, usually a casino employee, whose mere presence at the gambling tables usually results in a streak of bad luck for the other players.
The film received generally positive reviews from critics with considerable praise for Alec Baldwin's performance. It is a film that was able to a profit. It cost 4 million and grossed over 10 million (US dollars) at the North American box office.