557. Playing It Cool

557-playing-it-coolBackground info

Title: Playing It Cool
Director: Justin Reardon
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 34m

“The story of a young writer (Chris Evans) disillusioned by love, who meets and falls for a breathtaking engaged woman (Michelle Monaghan) at a charity dinner where he pretends to be a philanthropist. Challenged by the chase, and egged on by his eclectic friends, he feigns a platonic relationship in order to keep seeing her as he tries to conquer her heart.”

Live blog

2:45 – High School Musical meets Glee, that’d be a cast.
4:14 – “You think Terminator is more romantic than Ghost?”
5:57 – There better be a running through the airport scene in this.
7:54 – Cereal ruiner.
10:27 – Boyfriend material! Best chat up line ever.
18:13 – Enjoying the scrapbook nature of this film.
19:15 – “You know what Colombo would do?”
33:02 – High five!
35:03 – Rage in the bowling alley! If you have to throw things, they’re kinda heavy.
37:25 – “I’m happy and he’s stable.” Not a huge romantic notion there.
39:59 – Public outdoor squash? Amazing.
45:12 – Castle Greyskull reference!
51:32 – Same story.
56:44 – “Welcome back Cap.” CAP!
1:07:06 – You can’t throw away someone else’s engagement ring no matter how angry you are!
1:15:24 – Uh, Love in the Time of Cholera spoiler alert.
1:19:09 – I KNEW IT.
1:25:17 – Dude’s tapdancing now.

Conclusions

A properly oddball film, this one has to tread the line carefully between being smug about rom-coms whilst also being a blatant entry into that category of movies. It was fantastically quirky with little insert scenes, dressing up, the heart on your sleeve thing and some one-liners delivered so deadpan that you almost miss them.

Then again, it was a bit annoying because he wasn’t actually that good of a guy and his friends were all bizarre and he got into a fight with Ioan Gruffudd. (Great to see him in a film, albeit only a slightly step up from the horrific Horrible Bosses scene.)

Even so, it was a nice little ninety minute movie, full of foreshadowing fun and I’d watch it again as some great background noise.

Rating: 3/5.

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