Playing It Cool (formerly known as A Many Splintered Thing) is an American romantic comedy film directed by Justin Reardon and written by Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair. The film stars Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Patrick Warburton, Ashley Tisdale, Ioan Gruffudd, and Topher Grace. The film was released on video on demand starting on March 31, 2015 before a limited release on May 8, 2015 by Vertical Entertainment.
Me (Evans) is a screenwriter who wants to write action flicks, but his agent Bryan (Mackie) wants him to write a romcom first. The problem is, Me doesn't believe in love, and finds writing about romance difficult. But when he meets Her (Monaghan), he seriously falls for her, only to find out that she is already engaged to Stuffy (Gruffudd).
Chris Evans as Me Michelle Monaghan as Her Aubrey Plaza as Mallory Ioan Gruffudd as Stuffy Anthony Mackie as Bryan Topher Grace as Scott Patrick Warburton as Dick Martin Starr as Lyle Luke Wilson as Samson Philip Baker Hall as Granddad Ashley Tisdale as Herself Matthew Morrison as Himself Scott Evans as Blissful Boy Sarah Dumont as Cute Girl
The script for the film was originally titled A Many Splintered Thing and was first on The Black List and was a 2011 finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship.
The film was released in Estonia on September 26, 2014, Latvia on October 17, 2014, South Korea on October 23, 2014 and Romania on December 26, 2014. The film was released in Sweden on February 26, 2015 on DVD and Blu-Ray. The film was also released in Bulgaria on March 6, 2015 and in Singapore on May 7, 2015. The film was scheduled to be released in Chile on May 28, 2015 and Brazil on June 11, 2015. on November 5, 2014 it was announced Vertical Entertainment had acquired US distribution rights for the film with a planned 2015 release. in February 2015, the film was released exclusively on DirecTV Cinema.The film was released on video on demand on March 31, 2015 before a limited release on May 8, 2015.The film premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival on April 11, 2015.The film was released in a limited release and on video on demand in Canada on February 27, 2015.
The film was released in Sweden on February 26, 2015 on DVD and Blu-Ray and was scheduled to be released in the United States on June 16, 2015 on DVD. The film was released on DVD in Canada on May 5, 2015.
Really don't know why I bothered with that! What did you think of that, Evans?
Playing it Cool is my least favorite film that Chris has ever done. I really don't like it. Still to this day, i keep asking myself ''Why he did this ?'' Playing it Cool was a pointless decision in his career. Maybe on the page, this was something a little bit different, but the final result is a bad, boring, predictable rom-com that has nothing new to offer, filled with so many unlikable characters. A waste of talent. The only redeeming quality was Anthony Mackie.