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Playing It Cool (2015)



Critic Consensus: Playing It Cool pits Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan's easy chemistry against a screenplay that tries too hard to be quirky and clever, and the results are disappointingly lukewarm.

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While pretending to be a philanthropist at a charity dinner, the man meets a gorgeous woman named HER (Monaghan). The only catch: she's engaged. In order to continue seeing each other, the two embark on a platonic relationship, one that gets pushed to the test as the two begin to realize they may have unrequited feelings for one another. Like a young Walter Mitty, ME uses the power of imagination and wild vignettes to conquer HER heart.

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Critic Reviews for Playing It Cool

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8)

Only the really strong cast, including great chemistry between the leads, keeps "Playing It Cool" from totally derailing.

May 8, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Screenwriters Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair's script feels like a first draft that was written in one night as they got pumped up on Red Bull and speed-watched Netflix.

May 8, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

You know you're in trouble when almost every character is given a name except the two leads.

May 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Proceeding with a strained quirkiness that infects much more than the names of its main characters, this first feature by Justin Reardon is a paean to the kind of narcissism that sucks the air out of every scene.

May 7, 2015 | Full Review…

A broad romantic comedy that submits the genre to such a rigorous self-examination it nearly tips over into parody - which would have been a good thing.

May 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Proving that its chosen genre is best when its tropes are treated with a balance of sincere sweetness and wink-wink absurdity, Playing It Cool thrives through sheer liveliness, as well as the chemistry of its perfectly paired stars ...

May 5, 2015

Audience Reviews for Playing It Cool


Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan star in the quirky romantic comedy Playing It Cool. The story follows a struggling screenwriter who falls for a young woman at a charity gala and attempts to formulate a friend that soon grows into something more. Evans and Monaghan have good chemistry together and handle the comedy quite well. However, most of the jokes are hit and miss; particularly the reoccurring gag of Evans imagining himself in the stories that people tell him. Additionally, a lot of the characters are underdeveloped, which hurts the plot. While it delivers some laughs, overall Playing It Cool is a rather formulaic and uninspired comedy.

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