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What If (2013)

The F Word (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 15 August 2014 (USA)
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Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

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WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace, who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? Written by CBS Films

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...being friends has its benefits? See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including references throughout, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$133,898 (USA) (8 August 2014)

Gross:

$3,452,117 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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Daniel Radcliffe said in an interview that his role as Wallace is the first contemporary character he's ever played, having previously starred in mostly fantasy and historical projects. He said, "There was something lovely about just stepping up on set and talking." See more »

Goofs

(at around 13 mins) Wallace explains what "Fools Gold" is. He talks of coating the inside with an entire jar of peanut butter as well as a jar of jam. After that, you see Chantry typing an email to Wallace, below which you can see Wallace's original email about Fools Gold. This email, however, doesn't talk about a jar of peanut butter. Just jam. See more »

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Nicole: What's the best case scenario ?
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Nicole: Look, one thing I like about getting married, is that you can stand up in front of everyone you care about and stay it for the record that you believe in the best case scenario.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning of the closing credits are done with Chantry's animations telling some of the story of the movie as well as some of the back story. See more »

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Features The Thing (1982) See more »

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Once Upon a Time/Storybook Love
Written and Performed by Mark Knopfler
Courtesy of Universal Music Publishing
Group a division of Universal Music Canada
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc./ Mercury Records Ltd
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV
Licensing Courtesy of Virgin EMI, under license from Universal Music Canada
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A predictable, but very charming romantic comedy
5 October 2014 | by (San Antonio) – See all my reviews

Romantic comedies have reached that point that horror seems to have reached in that any tweaks in the formula has dwindle. There's only so much that can be done to differentiate one movie from the others in the genre and that's very true for the romantic comedy genre. The one aspect that can truly help a movie in this subgenre is the strength of its leads and the situations in which they are put into. What If doesn't do anything new with the formula, but it provides enough charm that overcomes the predictability to deliver a solid outing.

Good: This movie primarily is Daniel Radcliffe continuing separation from Harry Potter and become a leading man and he does a good job. He's charming, awkward, and you root for him to find love. Zoe Kazan works on the same level as she also contributes a lot of likability and charm to the movie. They both shine as their attempts to remain friends begins to be a challenge. Adam Driver pops up as Radcliffe's friend and he's always trusted to bring in some laughs. I also liked how Kazan's boyfriend wasn't a complete jerk like most movies would have him be. The movie also has this quirky indie comedy vibe to it with some nice animation and silly flashbacks.

Bad: The main fault is that it is still a predictable rom com. It has the two leads, they are friends, and then they realize that maybe things could be different and well that can't be avoided. The movie also has some lulls when it comes to the jokes as some of the comedy doesn't work.

Overall, it is a charming romantic comedy very much in the vein of When Harry Met Sally showcasing Radcliffe's growth as an actor. Well worth a watch.


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