Playing It Cool
Playing It Cool (2015)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 8, 2015
DVD Release Date: June 16, 2015
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Brian Tallerico

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

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

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Sarah Marrs
Lainey Gossip

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.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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Bill Edelstein

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.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

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.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

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 ...

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Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly

Far from playing it cool, the filmmakers are trying way too hard to look cool, and so they achieve the opposite.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Dann Michalski
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… More