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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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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.
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 ...
An adorable cast cannot save this gimmicky, romantically lacking rom-com.
'Playing it Cool' is disappointing not because it's unlike any other romantic comedy, but because it tries not to be one and fails spectacularly. [Full review in Spanish]
I have uncontrollable hatred for this movie. I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. It's the dumbest movie I've seen in recent memory.
Worst of all, though, is its wholesale waste of an insanely talented cast - and not just Evans and Monaghan... I enjoy every last one of them, but not like this. Dear god, not like this.
Far from playing it cool, the filmmakers are trying way too hard to look cool, and so they achieve the opposite.
The result is catastrophic. [full review in Spanish]
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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