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Playing It Cool (2014)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 8 May 2015 (USA)
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Unrequited love motivates a guy to write about his experiences.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hedge Funder
Cabbie / Gabriel
L. Peter Callender ...
Tourist Couple Guy
Tourist Couple Girl
Ryan Cover ...
Hot Girl


A screenwriter working on a script for a romantic movie is having a hard time because he is a little jaded when it comes to love since his mother abandoned him when he was a boy. So he spends his time ruining every relationship he has. But he really needs to make the script, so he turns to his friends for their experiences. But it's not enough. He then meets a girl who captures his heart. Problem is that she's already engaged. But she allows him to be her friend. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Love... it's a balancing act.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Many Splintered Thing  »

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There are many actors from comic book movies in this film *Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers/Captain America (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War), Johnny Storm/Human Torch (Fantastic Four, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer), and Lucas Lee (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) *Topher Grace played Eddie Brock/Venom (Spider-Man 3) *Anthony Mackie plays Sam Wilson/Falcon (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War) *Ioan Gruffud played Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic (Fantastic Four, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer) *Abby Fortson plays Cassie Lang (Ant-Man) *Aubrey Plaza plays Julie Powers (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Lenny (Legion) See more »


In the ending credits, Berverly d'Angelo (Lyle's girlfriend) is mispelled as "Berverly d'Angleo". See more »


Samson: There's a reason Romeo killed himself, okay? Suicide was the best option for this guy.
Mallory: Why?
Scott: What?
Lyle: No, no. Romeo set the standard for love.
Samson: No, Shakespeare didn't know anything about love. The guy was a sexual deviant, okay? He couldn't keep his hands off himself. That's why his name was Shakespeare
Narrator: It's true. Hardy, Dickens, Longfellow, all sex starved pen names.
Samson: E. Cummings
Scott: Updike
Mallory: Margaret *Atewood*
Samson: Dean *Cunts*
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »


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Written by Eric V. Hachikian & John Jennings Boyd
Performed by Soundcat
Courtesy of Soundcat Productions LLC
By Arrangement with Shelly Bay Music
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19 February 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Which is a startling achievement.

The definition of smug is "having or showing an excessive pride in oneself or one's achievements." And this strange, self-conscious, and terribly annoying film takes that notion to levels I have never seen.

Which is saying something because I watch (and review) a lot of films.

The smugness is so extreme that -- a horrible failing for a reviewer -- I am at pains to describe it.

It uses devices to enhance its smugness which, when the script was initially being pitched to the money guys, must have sounded positively brilliant, but, in reality, are as much fun as a root canal.

It starts with massive backstory -- but. then gives you a giant screen caption "backstory" so YOU know the WRITER KNOWS that this. and therefore you are part of an INSIDE JOKE.

It dispenses clichés like an ATM that has taken a lightening strike. Memories of a sexy babysitter, a mother who abandoned the narrator, friends who want to go to Malaysia because the women there appreciate under-sized appendages ("and you can rip them up"); old girlfriends who, after a single phone call, will meet you at a street corner, hop in your car, and perform an oral act below window level while the local cop nods approvingly....

It is almost as if --- this seems to be the real story -- someone in Hollywood, on a dare, was asked to take the worst script he could find and get it produced with a handful of A-List stars.

And actually won the bet.

I like to talk about "connection" in my reviews and how important it is for the viewer to relate to the material on screen. The only way for a viewer to connect with this film is if the viewer is currently institutionalized for psychotic narcissism.

Perhaps I am not being clear. This is not merely a bad film, because a lot of Indies are called that when in fact they actually represent someone's attempt to make a really good film ... which failed.

This is a bad film because someone who considers themselves smarter than everyone else in the room went out of their way to prove it.

Which, as I said, makes it the smuggest film ever made.

(Go back to top line of review. Wash. Repeat.)

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