This was an unexpectedly sweet, endearing film. a sweet love story, really.
william macy's character is a chronic loser, forever reliable jinx, who sabotages a hot gaming table the second he steps up to it. And that's his job, and he does it well, too well for boss alec baldwin, playing an old school casino boss who doesnt want to 'evolve' into a modernised steve wynn type, likes his casino old vegas, hard nosed, scummy style, where cheats still get beaten within an inch of their lives in the back.
but macy's luck changes when he stumbles across a new cocktail waitress who works alongside him and things dont go quite as the boss planned.
it is the perfect story of a lovable loser, played impeccably by william macy and the very unlikely romance between him and this waitress, whose character, messed up broken blonde, is reminiscent of elisabeth shue in leaving las vegas.
but its not an entirely downer film like the aforementioned. without wishing to give the game away, the ending is not tragic, nor is it a nauseating, formulaic happy ending that wrecks a film - u want these guys to make it, they are the ultimate underdogs whose love for one another flips his bad luck into good, who make a very bold break to escape the wrath of their soul destroying casino life and vicious boss, toward moving onto a normal, happy life together, against all odds, literally.
a must see, particularly if you've ever felt owned by your own boss.