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557. Playing It Cool

Published April 24, 2015

Background 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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