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What If... (2010)

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15 years ago, Ben Walker left his girlfriend and his ministry calling for a business opportunity. Now with a high-paying career and a trophy fiancé, he is visited by an angel, who gives him... See full summary »

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Dallas Jenkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Sorbo ... Ben Walker
Kristy Swanson ... Wendy Walker
John Ratzenberger ... Mike the Angel
Debby Ryan ... Kimberly Walker
Kristin Minter ... Cynthia
Toni Trucks ... Claire
Taylor Groothuis Taylor Groothuis ... Megan Walker
Stelio Savante ... Joel Muller
Kevin Yon ... Charlie
Tom McElroy ... James McCutcheon (as Tom Mcelroy)
Grant James ... Henryk Zimmerman
Brittany Risner Brittany Risner ... Brittney
Thomas Flannery Jr. ... Carl
Preston Mulligan Preston Mulligan ... Dylan
Dennis Lee Kelly Dennis Lee Kelly ... Ross Bessette
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15 years ago, Ben Walker left his girlfriend and his ministry calling for a business opportunity. Now with a high-paying career and a trophy fiancé, he is visited by an angel, who gives him a glimpse into what his life would look like had he followed his calling. Written by Anonymous

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angel | business | goodbye | running | gift | See All (37) »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2010 (Brazil) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ludington, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,770, 22 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$814,906, 18 February 2011
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Dallas Jenkins: as a gas station attendant. See more »

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The story takes place over 23 years, but certain characters don't age at all during this time. See more »

Quotes

Ben: Five minutes from now, I'll be sucking down a half-caff chai latte... and you'll be eating crow.
Mike the Angel: I don't think so. Consumption of carrion birds is prohibited in Deuteronomy 14... I'm old-fashioned that way.
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Connections

References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Performed by Shawn Wesley Graham
Words by Louisa Stead
Music by William Kirkpatrick
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What if all faith-based films were this good?
1 March 2011 | by in-d-loverSee all my reviews

Perhaps the fastest growing classification of movies, faith-based films have a tendency to sacrifice production value for message. While movies like Facing the Giants and Fireproof have solid messages, they lack in the aesthetic polish audiences get from most Hollywood releases.

With "What If...", Dallas Jenkins manages to give audiences an aesthetically beautiful film with wonderful performances on both sides of the camera. The movie feels like a mid-budget Hollywood release, a remarkable feet considering the low budget and tight shooting schedule. Kevin Sorbo has a great presence throughout, and Kristy Swanson, still beautiful as ever, shows off her dramatic chops. And John Ratzenberger's performance is angelic, in a good-old-boy way.

Still, great direction and performances don't make a great movie unless the story matches. Thankfully, the story of "What If...", albeit somewhat recycled, is outstanding. Living a life of luxury and power, Ben Walker (Sorbo) is chosen by God to receive a glimpse of what his life could have been had he made a different decision 15 years earlier. The bulk of the movie is spent in Ben's alternate reality where he learns the true riches of life.

"What If..." doesn't hide the fact that it's a Christian movie. Still, it doesn't hurl religion at the audience with reckless abandon. In other words, it's a movie that even non-Christians can and should enjoy. Without sex, violence, or language concerns, it's perfectly suited for all ages.

Raising the bar for faith-based films, "What If..." is hopefully the start to higher standards for movies delivering messages of the Highest Standard.


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