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Playing It Cool Movie Quotes

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Below are the best Playing It Cool quotes, from a movie that follows what happens when one writer, who does not believe in love, experiences it for the first time. The romantic comedy was written by Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair and directed by Justin Reardon. Also known as A Many Splintered Thing, Playing It Cool opened in theaters on May 8, 2015.

In Playing It Cool, the narrator (Chris Evans) yearns to write action but his publisher, Bryan (Anthony Mackie), is pushing him towards romantic comedy to build up his reputation as a scribe. This is quite difficult for the narrator, who has specific negative views on love including feeling as though he could never experience love himself.

But when the narrator meets Her (Michelle Monaghan), he begins to fall in love for the first time in his life. There's only one problem. She is engaged to another man. Despite the wisecracks from his friends (including Topher Grace, Martin Starr, Luke Wilson and Aubrey Plaza), the narrator takes the advice of his granddad (Philip Baker Hall) and tells Her how he really feels.

Playing It Cool brings a new twist on romantic comedies to theaters which are already showing other movies such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2 Hot Pursuit, Maggie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Far From the Madding Crowd.

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    Rom-Coms Aren't True

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    Bryan: Rom-coms are supposed to be funny, remember? Check it out. Boy meets girl. S*** happens. Boy, girl do it, happily ever after.
    Narrator: That's not the way the world works, Bryan.
    Bryan: Rom-coms aren't true. They're what we wish were true.

    Bryan, the narrator's publisher, explains in a very basic way the formula for romantic comedies. While the narrator remarks that this is not how the world really works, Bryan reminds him that being fiction is the whole point.
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    Love is Confusing

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    Narrator: Love is confusing and it's terrifying and 99 times out of 100 it doesn't work but if we have even the slightest chance of being that one time, I'm willing to regret you for the rest of my life.

    The narrator explains, in his own special way, that he loves Her. While he knows love is really difficult to find, for once, he's willing to take his chances.
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    Love is a Downer

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    Narrator: I just want to write something that shows love how it really is. You know, not funny, not romantic.
    Scott: That kind of sounds like a downer.
    Narrator: Love is a downer, which is why someone says, 'I love you,' my response has been, 'I just don't see myself ever feeling the same way about you.' But then I met this girl.

    The narrator explains to his friends his feelings about love, more specifically that he doesn't believe it exists. He doesn't want to write a gushy romantic comedy as that's not reality. Truth or fiction, reality is sometimes a downer.
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    Love is Like a 401K

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    Granddad: Love is like your 401k, it matches your investment. You love a little, you're loved a little.

    The narrator's grandfather offers him a great analogy about successful relationships. They require putting in a little work, but offer great returns on your investment.
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