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Playing It Cool

Out Of Theatre
08 May, 2015 1 hr 34 mins U/A
Aubrey Plaza, Michelle Monaghan, Chris Evans
While the romance element clicks, the film doesn't quite work as a comedy. A few one-liners do make you giggle, but that's that.

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Story : A romcom narrated from a guy's point of view, the film captures a script writer's (Chris Evans) transformation from being cynical about love since his mother abandoned him as a child, to a lovelorn Romeo, completely besotted with an enigmatic woman (Michelle Monaghan). He finally finds 'the one', but does love find him?

Review : The protagonist (Evans aka Capt. America) is a writer, who must produce a romantic script for a film but struggles to do so as he is skeptical about the concept of 'true love'. So he decides to gain perspective by making his friends share their love stories with him. He then visualises himself in those tales, but fails to get inspired. Eventually, as luck would have it, he gets struck by Cupid's bow and falls for Michelle Monaghan's character. But there's a catch " she's engaged.

A lot like Saif Ali Khan starrer Bollywood film Happy Ending (the Hindi film being more entertaining), Playing it Cool also attempts to defy romantic stereotypes, but ends up succumbing to it. While Evans scores with his movie-star good looks and blue eyes, he is not your quintessential charmer. Suffering from a writer's block, he blabbers about his anti-love philosophy and recalls his sexcapades, much to the amusement of his jobless friends. Best friend Scott (Topher Grace) tries to knock some sense into him, but in vain. His bizarre imagination lures him into role-play.

While the romance element clicks, the film doesn't quite work as a comedy. A few one-liners do make you giggle, but that's that. In fact, the film works as a drama, especially towards the end. We particularly liked how the film draws parallels with Love in the Time of Cholera. Nonetheless, if you are open to watching an unromantic love story and are obsessed with Chris Evans' smouldering looks, you won't mind this unconventional 'guy flick' about the bad boy and his forbidden love.
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