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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
While they aren't credited, you can find Chantry and Wallace's last names in the email "Re: just pure fat" that Chantry writes. They are Alton and Hastings respectively. See more »
(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 »
It's complicated. All this love shit's complicated. And that's good. Beecause if it's too simple you've got no reason to try, and if you've got no reason to try you don't.
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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 »
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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