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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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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,452,117 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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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 »

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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Wallace: I thought a lot about something you said. About how when you realize how quickly everything can fall apart it makes you never want to give up anything good ever again. Whatever this is between us, it is good. It is so good. It is actually the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I don't want it to be over.
Chantry: I don't want it to be over either. I kind of wish we could invent a time machine or something.
Wallace: If we ever invent time travel I would go back to the night we met.
Chantry: [moves in closer] What...
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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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Features The Princess Bride (1987) See more »

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Into Giants
Written and Performed by Patrick Watson, Mikhail Stein, Robbie Kuster, Erika Angell and Simon Angell
Licensed courtesy of Secret City Records Inc. and Secret City Publishing Inc
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Welcome to the friend-zone.
6 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan) meet at a mutual friend's party and instantly bond with one another. Chemistry between them is flawless and spontaneous – but she has a boyfriend, which leaves recently heart-broken Wallace in the 'friend-zone'.

Containing much witty dialogue, quirky references and probably redefining the entire term awkward – 'What If' seems firm and fresh in style, yet is typically conventional in story, hindering on the exact narrative of Harry Met Sally actually ...

Lead star Daniel Radcliffe, seems as if he is still trying to get to grips with genre post HP and distancing himself after trying a mixture of features; Woman in Black, Kill Your Darlings, and upcoming horrors; Horns and Frankenstein. Nonetheless, he seems concrete in his first Rom- Com performance and we want to see more.

Also interesting to see him play a Brit in an American/Canadian film, rather than putting on an accent like a baffled Hugh Grant we are used to in this Richard Curtis-esqe movie. We see great potential ahead of him and are going to go ahead and call it that Dan' will win an Academy award before 2018 is out.

Alongside Radcliffe stars Zoe Kazan in an equally exceptional performance (her best yet), and co-starring upcoming Star Wars actor Adam Driver for even more humour – the film is solid. A film coming from the director of both Goon and Fubur, set our expectations low, but it impressed and entertained by taking and old story and remixing it with an indie feel.

'What If' arrives in UK cinemas on the 20th August 2014.


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