September 1, 2017

Love is NOT Complicated: Playing it Cool (2014)

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People always say that love is complicated. Why is that? The truth is people are complicated, love isn't. And that's true for anything, by the way. But my point here is that if people can complicate their love life, they can just as easily uncomplicate it, too. Right? But then, if we all uncomplicated our love lives, what in the world would our pesky egos do with all that free time? #goals

So, how do we uncomplicate our love life? For starters, you should probably check your ego at the door because where we are about to go next has no place for egos. Just trust me. Next, take an inventory of the people in your life and ask yourself: Who are the people in your life that dwarf everything else? You know, the people that you just can't live without. Do they know how you feel? Well, I hate to break it to you, but the next stop on the egoless train, my dear friend, is telling them how you feel. Climb every mountain and cross every sea--ok, that's totally romantic comedy speak, but you get the point--so that you can tell them how important they are to you. Remember, no egos allowed, even if the feelings are unrequited. Truly, this is a win-win situation regardless if your feelings are returned as suggested in the movie Playing it Cool (2014). Although things turned out pretty favorable for the main character in the movie, who just so happened to end up getting the girl in the end after putting aside his ego and telling her exactly how much she meant to him, the movie still serves as a great reminder to us all that love is NOT complicated. It's a movie, but who says it still can't be inspirational or even true? And yes, with this one I strayed a little from my usual female-centric criteria, but then again, this one was as much about the guy (who was the lead character) as it was about his female counterpart.

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In Playing it Cool (2014), screenwriter Me (Chris Evans) narrates his own story of falling in love, which surprises no one more than him given the fact that prior to meeting Her (Michelle Monaghan), he didn't even believe in it. The story begins after a chance meeting at a charity event that sparked Me to go on a wild-goose chase to find Her again. Unfortunately, however, Me gets more than he bargains for as he attempts to pursue a platonic friendship with an attached woman that clearly has him intrigued. But he can't help himself; he's smitten. Nearly an hour and some change later, Me goes through his fair share of embarrassing moments, lengthy conversations with well-intentioned close friends and relatives, and many introspective moments in which he contemplates what he really wants, but ultimately, it wasn't until Me puts his rather large ego aside that he then had the courage to follow his heart. But before Me could follow his heart, he had to meet a deadline--writing the third act of a romantic comedy screenplay--and make amends with some of the people in his life who he undoubtedly hurt prior to abandoning his ego. In the end, Me essentially climbed that mountain and crossed that sea to be with Her--who also was forced to abandon her ego to follow her heart and do the right thing--and the two presumably go on to live a happy ending (or beginning depending on how you look at it).

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Although Playing it Cool (2014) wasn't exactly embraced by the critics--which is a shame because everyone should see Chris Evans tap dance at the end of the movie--there is still a great deal to appreciate about a movie that reminds us all that love is NOT complicated. And when we think it is, we can just as easily make things uncomplicated. Like Me (and Her) in the movie, by simply abandoning our ego and following our heart, we can ultimately pursue happiness. So go forth and uncomplicate your love life. And remember, love isn't a thinking thing; it's a feeling thing.