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 <more>
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!
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 <more>
Really enjoyable twist on a rom com (by g-carruthersfamily)
I never quite understand why people feel the need to over analyse every movie they ever see and look for some deeper hidden meaning, not every movie needs to be Arthouse and edgy. Sometimes it's good to just sit back and enjoy something less heavy and enjoy it for what it is.. light entertainment. This fell under that category for me and really hit the spot. Funny in parts, great actors and likeable quirky characters and some sweet moments.
All I Want (by shellece)
All I want from a romantic comedy is to believe the characters are falling in love - and with this film I do. Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan's characters I could watch all day long ♥ and not just to watch Chris Evans all day, however I could do that too . There are some sadder, more emotional moments too which only invests you further into the storyline and their relationship.Am in love with the supporting cast too. The banter of his quirky friendship group provides varying opinions on love and what it means to different people, but also adds lots of fun to the film too. I imagine <more>
most people watch romcoms for a warm feeling inside - I definitely got one :
One of the best romcoms available, and I've seen a TON AND A HALF OF EM (by inkblot11)
Me Chris Evans is a screenwriter who likes action films. Yet, unexpectedly, his boss asks him to write a romcom in order to land the next big action gig. This causes the writer great anguish, for he has never been in love. The reason? He doesn't trust a soul since his mother attached a goodbye note to his favorite Captain Crunch cereal box and left him in the care of G-pa an outstanding Philip Baker Hall . He half-heartedly pitches an unusual romantic comedy idea between two folks with multiple personalities and his boss sends him home to work. Writers' block ensues. When his best <more>
pal Scott Topher Grace asks him to attend a charity event with him, Me agrees. Stop the presses! Its there he meets HER Michelle Monaghan who dazzles him and makes him laugh by saying audacious lines to all men. Yet, Me doesn't catch her name. What follows is NO screenplay writing and a wild pursuit of major charity events to find her again. Even then, though they spark a friendship, she announces she's engaged. Horrors, what will happen now? His friends including Scott, Samson Luke Wilson , Mallory Aubrey Plaza and others try to give him the advice of a lifetime. Will he finish the screenplay and get the girl? This vastly enjoyable romcom has one of the wittiest and most clever scripts this longtime romcom fan has ever viewed. No, its not clean Doris Day stuff but as a PG -13, its not majorly offensive while being very, very romantic. All of the cast members do enchanting work and the scenery, costumes, and direction merit big raves. Towering over all is the great plot and words, words, words. Don't play it cool with this one, folks! Get it five minutes from now.
Sometimes, it's great just to turn over control of your brain to your TV set and let it entertain you. This movie has a simple plot that follows the the typical rom com formula with a few twists. However, in my opinion, it has likable characters and a likable plot. Overall, it's a fun use of an hour and a half!
A refreshing romantic comedy told from the guy's perspective. (by Anurag-Shetty)
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. <more>
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.
Great movie, definitely worth a watch (by yashaswikk)
'Playing It Cool' is probably one of the best rom-coms released lately. Its got a fresh story about an author who does not know anything about love, but is asked to write a love story. So, he searches for love in the stories that he hears about love but doesn't truly get until he meets this wonderful woman. Only flaw, she is in a relationship. Michelle monaghan and Chris Evans give a good performance in these roles. The story is told in a narrative fashion, and the story unfolds in a different way and continues so till the end. Tbe movie is sure to impress a lot, with good humor <more>
and romance in the right amounts. It is worth a watch over the weekend and will not fail to impress. However, that said, the execution of the story could have been better. Its a shame that movies like these garner very less appreciation or recognition from the audience, even though they are much better than most highly publicized and hyped movies. FINAL VERDICT-DEFINITELY WORTH A WATCH.
One of the best Romantic Comedies i have seen in a long time !! (by jparedess32)
Just a quick note here, because i have just seen the movie and i see quite a few bad reviews.... this is a very funny romantic comedy, but i understand if the people that write the bad reviews cant sort of identify themselves with the situations or the people, then you probably wont find it that funny? do not forget.... its a Romantic/Comedy... don't look too deep in it! but me and my friends 27-35 could identify ourselves in lots of the situations and we found it really funny and really entertaining as a romantic comedy should be! Its just very realistic on how people around that age <more>
would approach each other, with obviously the fun factor in it... this is a great movie, just exactly how the Romcoms should be! Regards !!