Playing It Cool (2014)
The story of a young man disillusioned by love who meets a breathtaking young woman at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Turns out that she’s engaged to a guy who doesn’t like her going on dates. Challenged by the chase, and egged on by his eclectic friends, he feigns a platonic relationship in order to keep seeing her as he tries to conquer her heart
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Don't listen to the negative reviews
In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
Worth seeing just to witness how winsome it is.
Due to an emotional event early in his childhood, a self-centered, young man known simply as "Me" (Chris Evans) doesn't know how to fall in love with a woman even though he has no problems dating them. That all changes one day when he meets a young lady known by the equally simple moniker of "Her" (Michelle Monaghan) who essentially has the same problem. Yet even though their connection is magical and they clearly enjoy each others company, the fact of the matter is that she is engaged and has no intention of breaking it off with her fiancé even though she doesn't love him. Needless to say, this causes him a great deal of anguish and as a result he turns to his circle of friends for advice. The problem is that they are just as emotionally mixed up as he is and as a result he doesn't know which advice to accept or reject. To make matters even worse, as a writer he has been given a certain amount of time to come up with a script for a rom-com for which he is totally out of his element given his past and current emotional state of affairs. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an okay rom-com which had a good supporting cast and some very likable characters. I especially liked "Scott" (Topher Grace) and "Mallory" (Aubrey Plaza) along with the two lead actors mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, for a romantic-comedy it lacked the necessary humor which is vitally important for a film of this type. As a result I have rated this film accordingly. Average.
Excellent choice of Music selection, love the editing and the cast— wow, I think Chris Evans nailed this one really well. I like the semi- narcissistic introduction of the movie, and I think it really worked well for the overall production of this movie. Story-wise, I've watched a few (okay, maybe not a few but a Ton of Rom-coms) and this one really has a very different feel. The characters were relatable for writers and also to those who want to find another perspective when it comes to love itself. I won't really reveal more about this story but, I will tell you this—it has one of the best romcom scene's that I've ever seen.
Well, the movie does start great. It showcased the main character as someone who is trying to find and experience true love. The chemistry that happens between the main male and female character is really well acted, both the actors are very good in acting the attractions. The story was great until it comes to the conclusive part of the movie, where the cliché "happy ending" for the viewers everywhere. I mean come on, is this movie supposed to promote cheating? The ending was so abruptly unrealistic. It would've been better if it is not all about being happy in the end, cause we all know it's not always roses. It would be more meaningful if it ended differently, like how "500 Days of Summer" ended. Even though it's not happy ended, it gives the viewer a really meaningful ends, where we could learn something from the movie. 5/10 for the great cast but not so great script.
CAUTION: PROBABLE SPOILERS!!!I expected to enjoy Chris Evans as I am a fan since around 2010 or so, but with a title like Playing It Cool, I figured I was in for a very fluffy comedy, perhaps like the mediocre Nanny Diaries, or the sexy and funny What's Your Number?But this film, while it gave me a laugh or two in several moments, was more poignant than silly, more deep than fluffy. I am not even certain Evans' character has a "name" in the film, but the voice- over narration keep you close to his existence. He is extremely human, thus extremely flawed. But you're given such a fleshed-out, fully realised character that you understand why he is fiercely protective of what's left of his heart. He has a circle of friends, a writer who believes fully in the miracle of love (a brilliant Topher Grace), a performance artist whose feminist gore is quite jarring (Aubrey Plaza), a married but obviously bitter (and I'm afraid annoying and quickly tiresome) guy pushing 50 (Luke Wilson), a guy who lives in his van (Martin Starr), his loving Granddad (a warm and potty mouthed performance by the great Philip Baker Hall), and his enthusiastic agent (Anthony Mackie) who has gotten him a gig writing a romcom involving multiple personalities. Our nameless protag argues that he'd rather write action movies, but the agent promises that if "Me" comes through with the RomCom, he'll have the action movie job shortly afterward."Me" meets "Her" (Michelle Monaghan, and I'm unsure whether a name is mentioned for her either. And suddenly, this film is overflowing with tons of cleverness and imaginative visuals. That's what really makes it a strong movie for me. All the storytelling visual styles. Of course this dreamy, perfect woman is engaged to "Stuffy" (Ioan Gruffudd), the clichéd boring, snobby fiancé. Sometimes the story works in this arc, sometimes not. We're not given much of a look at "Stuffy", but I guess we're meant to route for "Me." It's not even "Her" story. It's "Me's" story, entirely from his POV. I loved how Evans submerged himself into each short story role, especially the Korean transsexual lovers' story. I also love that this movie is so LGBTQ friendly. It's very poignant in some places. I kept waiting for Evans to cry after the hits just kept on coming for the character. Even though I saw no tears, I could see the pain. He never disappoints as a true actor. The film is a very realistic look at the reality of love. Many times you will fall in love with someone who doesn't feel the same attraction you do. Mallory is in love with "Me"; "Me is in love with "Her"; "Her" believes she's in love with "Stuffy", but is also confused; She says he's the most "stable" thing in her life. Scott is in love with a guy who doesn't seem to get the hint for a long time; Lyle hooks up with a hot older woman Beverly D'Angelo) in his van, and is that the extent of his "love" life?; Samson is married but again, seems jaded, bitter and believes love is a crock; Granddad says, "Go after the woman you love, even if she says she doesn't love you." I would say this is bad advice because No means No. But "Her" does respond favourably to "Me's" kiss, and later out and out cheats on "Stuffy" with "Me." So it's not nonconsentual. It's flawed, but it's also surprisingly clever and fun to watch!