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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Critic Reviews for Playing It Cool
Only the really strong cast, including great chemistry between the leads, keeps "Playing It Cool" from totally derailing.
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.
You know you're in trouble when almost every character is given a name except the two leads.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Playing It Cool
Such an under-rated movie. Amazing cast, on point story and engaging despite the predictable rom-com tone (playing it ironically on the lead's job). How in God's holly vag is this movie rated %16 here while Zoolander 2 is at 24%? Politics I tell ya.
I had low expectations but was very pleasantly surprised about this movie; it was VERY entertaining. I'm glad I didn't read the reviews before watching it. The banter between the characters is very funny and I don't understand the critics who said there was no chemistry between the two leads. The Aubrey Plaza and Topher Grace characters are a great bonus and I thought the fantasy sequences did a great job of making it more interesting when the plot started to look predictable.
Chris Evans's character is a beat down writer failing at composing a romantic comedy script without clichÃ©s when Playing It Cool is nothing but clichÃ©s and is in fact a terrible rom-com. If the story has a glimpse of hope, the actors and direction take it down the path of hopelessness.
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