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Playing It Cool (2014)

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Unrequited love motivates a guy to write about his experiences.

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Justin Reardon

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Chris Shafer (screenplay), Paul Vicknair (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Evans ... Me
Michelle Monaghan ... Her
Topher Grace ... Scott
Aubrey Plaza ... Mallory
Luke Wilson ... Samson
Martin Starr ... Lyle
Anthony Mackie ... Bryan
Ioan Gruffudd ... Stuffy
Philip Baker Hall ... Granddad
Patrick Warburton ... Hedge Funder
Gerry Bednob ... Cabbie / Gabriel
L. Peter Callender L. Peter Callender ... Tourist Couple Guy
Velina Brown ... Tourist Couple Girl
Ryan Cover Ryan Cover ... Skateboarder
Peyton List ... Hot Girl
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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. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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

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USA

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English | Korean

Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Many Splintered Thing See more »

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Chris Evans started dating Michelle Monaghan after the movie, but after four months, the couple broke up. See more »

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

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Narrator: [narrating] Did you know that when someone attractive enters your sight-line your pupils dilate 20 percent? Or when someone falls in love, their brain floods with dopamine? You know what else causes that chemical reaction? Narcotics. And it's crazy, right? But that's the fun shit I'm learning right now. See, I've been hired to write this romantic comedy screenplay. And the problem is I've never actually, ya know, been in love, so... it's slow-going.
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Written by Nathan Eiesland, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing
Performed by On & On
Courtesy of Roll Call Records
By Arrangement with Music Alternatives, LLC
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A refreshing romantic comedy told from the guy's perspective.
13 May 2015 | by Anurag-ShettySee all my reviews

Playing It Cool tells the story of a guy(Chris Evans), who doesn't believe in love. He is a screenwriter by profession. He is told to write a script for a romantic comedy by his boss, Bryan(Anthony Mackie). Being someone who doesn't believe in the concept of falling in love but would rather keep it casual with every girl he meets, he struggles to write the script. He seeks ideas & inspiration from his group of friends including, Scott(Topher Grace), Mallory(Aubrey Plaza), Lyle(Martin Starr), & Samson(Luke Wilson) on matters regarding love. However, he fails to get inspired. When a woman(Michelle Monaghan) enters his life, he starts falling for her. However, things get complicated when he finds out that she's in a relationship with a guy named Stuffy(Ioan Gruffudd).

Playing It Cool is my new favorite romantic comedy. Though the ending is predictable & follows the classic romantic comedy formula, the movie itself rarely goes in the direction of clichés. Even when it does, the characters of the film are very aware of it & mock themselves or others for it. Another thing I love about the movie is that it's a romantic comedy told from the male perspective. This film is totally out of the box because till the end of the movie, we never find out the hero & heroine's names. I don't think this has ever been done before. Chris Evans is unforgettable as the Narrator. It's nice to see Evans play a character who is a player & a habitual liar, which is the complete opposite of Steve Rogers/Captain America, his most famous character. Evans excels not just in the comedic moments but, in the emotional scenes as well. Evans' narration is the heart & soul of the film. Michelle Monaghan is outstanding as Her. The chemistry between Chris Evans & Michelle Monaghan is natural & electrifying. Topher Grace is great as Scott. Aubrey Plaza is brilliant as Mallory. Martin Starr is hilarious as Lyle. Luke Wilson is good as Samson. Ioan Gruffudd is impressive as Stuffy. Philip Baker Hall is spectacular as Granddad. Anthony Mackie is awesome as Bryan. The supporting characters are effective. Playing It Cool is a must watch for women who love romantic comedies & men who are skeptical of them.


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