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What If (2013)

The F Word (original title)
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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.

Director:

Michael Dowse

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Elan Mastai, T.J. Dawe (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Wallace
Zoe Kazan ... Chantry
Megan Park ... Dalia
Adam Driver ... Allan
Mackenzie Davis ... Nicole
Rafe Spall ... Ben
Lucius Hoyos ... Felix
Jemima Rooper ... Ellie
Tommie-Amber Pirie ... Gretchen
Meghan Heffern ... Tabby
Jonathan Cherry ... Josh
Rebecca Northan ... Holly
Jordan Hayes ... Becky
Oona Chaplin ... Julianne
Adam Fergus ... Rolf
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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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What if ...being friends has its benefits? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Ireland | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

If You're Lucky See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$133,898, 8 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,452,117, 12 September 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Right at the start Wallace and Chantry are toasting with two bottles of beer. When they toast both bottles have their caps on. Chantry walks away and we see Wallace drinking form his (now cap-less) bottle) See more »

Quotes

Chantry: And you know what? Treating it like a joke IS being an asshole.
Wallace: I'm not treating this like a joke. And I am not being an asshole. ALLAN is being an asshole and NICOLE is being an asshole, and right now, YOU'RE kinda being an asshole. Me? I'm standing here with a BRANCH! A branch that cuts down approximately ZERO percent of the windchill factor on my DICK, okay! I've got a branch, you've got a sleeping bag! How does that make me an asshole?
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Projector: What If? (2014) See more »

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Big Noise from Winnetka
Performed by Bob Crosby Orchestra
Written by Music by Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc and lyrics by Gil Rodin and Bob Crosby
Courtesy of MCA Records and Universal Music Canada Warner/Chappell Music
Canada Ltd. obo WB Music Corp.
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Clichéd and too familiar but entertaining and sweet
25 September 2014 | by aaskillz69See all my reviews

"I will look, if you'll look"

-Chantry

It's been a long while since i first heard of the this film, it was more than a year ago when it premiered at Toronto. God damn it's been a year and this year's edition is already gone. It's the biggest film festival of the year, of all the pictures that were there i have now seen a massive fifty, which tells a lot about the Festival's quality (since most were good). Though more than done a year ago, the film has only been recently released with a nice warm embrace from critics and audiences. I didn't expect one of the year's best but still hoped it would be a worthy romantic comedy.

What If is Directed by Michael Dowse and it stars Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Adam Driver, Jemima Rooper and Sarah Gadon. "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?"

Well What If does end up being a worthy romantic comedy i guess. This meaning that's entertaining and charming enough to be worth a watch, no questions asked but i don't really know if it can be much more. I did have an overall good time with it, the movie has enough laughs and the stars are quite brilliant too, the thing though is that i felt as though i had already seen it. This is a fine time at the movies but it does feel way too predictable and overly familiar.

It makes me sad not to really like this feature because, you know, i actually really wanted to. Mainly because of the two leads who are quite charismatic and have a good on screen chemistry, but also because it's so clear that the film's intentions are good and that made me overlook some flagrant flaws. And the movie has many of those.

I'm having a battle within me right now, a battle between my cynical and cold side who thinks (and rightfully so) that this picture is way too familiar and foreseeable and the other side of me who was quite entertained and charmed by these characters and performances. In the end i think i met somewhere in the middle. Because albeit this is always an enjoyable film to be watching, i did get some moments where i couldn't help but to roll my eyes. It's full of clichés and it's a shame. Full of sub-plots (and the premise too) and supporting characters that felt way too conventional and plain. I mean really the supporting characters though amusing, are little more than card board pieces in the movie's screenplay.

So yeah the film is basically saved by it's two lead performances from Potter Daniel Radcliffe and Ruby Sparks Zoe Kazan. I really liked both here and i thought they were also good together on screen. Radcliffe plays his characters well, never makes him too weird or annoying, he gets the right tone of his character. Zoe Kazan is just so cute...i mean how could you not like her. Big blue eyes, i had already liked her in the better and more original Ruby Sparks and she once again charms the screen.

What If is undeniably a pleasant movie going experience but unfortunately it does fall short from being much more than that. The two lead performances and a screenplay that ha some funny gags in it, elevate a material that's overall not that great and was made with an approach that wasn't really that inventive. Still i had a good time and i would feel a bit guilty giving a negative score to a film that didn't impress but didn't leave a bad taste in my mouth either.

Rating:C+


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