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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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Good friends... Bad idea? 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)

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

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$3,452,117 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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Daniel Radcliffe has now starred in a movie alongside Rafe Spall (Ben) and his father Timothy Spall, who played Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew in the Harry Potter series. See more »

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When Wallace types an email to Chantry, we see that the username in his address is "championbeefcake." However, her computer screen shows that the email is from "championbeefcake1." See more »

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Chantry: Hey... I need to wear something to this company dinner with our production partners in Taiwan. What do you think?
Wallace: I think that's quite a dress.
Chantry: [Whispering] Do you think it's, like, a little too slutty for me?
Wallace: [Whispering back] No. Nothing is too slutty for you.
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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 »

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Featured in Projector: What If? (2014) 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 smart and charming romantic comedy.
10 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The summer of 2014 hasn't seen as many strong independent films like last year. However, in the final days of the summer movie season comes Michael Dowse's "What If", a smart and charming romantic comedy. It's a well written film about Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) who becomes friends with Chantry (Zoe Kazan) who is with her long time boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry develop feelings for each other and struggle with what to do. It sounds cheesy and boring, but don't miss this film.

Elan Mastai's script is sharp and never over extends it hand. It combines several kinds of humor, from slapstick to witty. Mastai's screenplay balances all these humors well while also getting to the heart of the situation. The film has depth and mature conversations about romance and what to do when stuck in a love triangle.

The film is also well cast. Radcliffe feels very natural in the role. It's nice to see him play an everyday man instead of some epic famous character. Radcliffe is good at both and this film proves it. He also has good chemistry with Kazan. Radcliffe and Kazan are balanced well with Adam Driver's Allan and Mackenzie Davis' Nicole. Driver is hilarious and steals the scenes. All of them fit their parts very well and give the film its charm.

The story can be predictable and maybe a bit forced at times, but its heart warming and grows on you. It uses artistic and visual motifs well and feels well rounded and complete. The film also has a nice indie rock soundtrack that fits right in. "What If" seems like a nice blend between " (500) Days of Summer" and "When Harry Met Sally...".

The romantic comedy genre seems to be criticized a lot. There are plenty of junk films in it, but "What If" is a gem. It's well written and acted and is able to balance many kinds of humors to please many people. "What If" is a romantic comedy done right. It is a nice little treat at the end of a blockbuster filled summer.


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