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.
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
As he is leaving for Ireland Ben gives Chantry a plane ticket to Dublin and tells her it is a five-hour flight. The shortest nonstop flight from Toronto to Dublin is 6 1/2 hrs. 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 »
Original/TIFF cut is appx 101 minutes, US cut is appx 98 minutes, and TIFF cut (PAL DVD) is appx 97 minutes (obviously due to PAL speedup differences). Comparing Australian PAL DVD (original/TIFF cut) to US Bluray (US cut), changes begin from AU version at appx 65:00, equivalent to US version at appx 65:13 :
"Lawn Bowls" reordered scene: AU @ 65:00-66:26 --> US @ 67:48
"Tearing list" scene: AU @ 66:54-67:00 --> deleted from US
"Chantry wandering around Dublin" scene: AU @ 67:04-67:15 --> deleted from US
"We're Just Friends" scene: AU @ 67:28-68:13 --> deleted from US (found as an extra on the retail disc)
"3 points" scene: US @ 69:33-69:38 --> deleted from AU
"Where is Chantry" reordered scene: AU @ 68:13-69:45 --> US @ 69:38-71:08
"Wallace going to Dublin" scene: AU @ 69:45-69:56 --> deleted from US
"Wallace landing in Dublin" reordered scene: AU @ 72:10-72:13 --> US @ 71:08-71:10
"Wallace waking up in Dublin on plane" scene: AU @ 72:13-72:24 --> deleted from US
"Wallace found unconscious" scene: AU @ 73:06-73:32 --> deleted from US
"Chantry's voicemail message to Wallace" alternate/reordered scene (shorter on US): US @ 72:00-72:10 --> uses AU @ 7427-7440 footage
"Chantry's voicemail message to Wallace" alternate & Wallace's voicemail message to Chantry" scenes: AU @ 73:32-74:08--> deleted from US
"Wallace leaving Ben's" same scene: AU @ 74:08-74:18 --> US @ 72:10-72:18
"Wallace departing Dublin" scenes: AU @ 74:15-74:27 and 74:40-75:00 --> deleted from US
"Landing at Toronto" same scene: AU @ 75:00-75:04 --> US @ 72:18-72:22
"Rushing to restaurant" scene: AU @ 75:04-75:15 --> deleted from US
"Outside restaurant" scene: AU @ 75:15 extended by appx 1 second
"New US ending" scene: US @ 87:05-90:40 --> not on AU (found as an extra on the retail disc). Scene is out of narrative order when compared to animated end credits, and should have been placed after animated credits.
Animated end credits are also somewhat different, and run at different speeds (outside PAL speedup): AU @ 90:00-94:37 --> US @ 90:40-93:19
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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