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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

Writers:

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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Good friends... Bad idea? 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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Official Sites:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Chantry and Wallace first meet at the party the song "Best of Friends" by English rock band Palma Violets can be heard. The chorus of this song includes the line "I wanna be your best friend I don't want you to be mine." See more »

Goofs

Chantry and Wallace meet at a party at Allan's place. At Chantry's going-away party near the end of the movie, much of the wallpaper looks the same as earlier, so it appears to also be at Allan's apartment. But both the color and pattern of the wallpaper behind the refrigerator are different between the two parties. See more »

Quotes

Wallace: I remember the night Allan and Nicole met. And that instant conection. If you're lucky it happens once in a lifetime and if you're unlucky, then you have to come to weddings and listen to people like me talking about it. And asume we're all hopeless romantics... It's very easy to be cynical about love, but this, tonight, this is hard.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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
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Connections

Features The Princess Bride (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Bird in a Small Cage
Written and Performed by Patrick Watson, Mikhail Stein, Robbie Kuster and Simon Angell
Licensed courtesy of Secret City Records Inc. and Secret City Publishing Inc.
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Funny and fresh comedy
9 September 2013 | by LetwitJrSee all my reviews

I went to a screening of the F Word at the Toronto International Film Festival and I can say I had a good time (I can also say that Daniel Radcliffe is much much shorter in person than what you would expect.) I wasn't sure what the story was or what type of movie it would be and from the director of Goon and Fubar, I probably wouldn't have expected a romantic comedy, but as it turns out it was and I quite enjoyed it.

The film tells the story of Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan) who meet at a party when Wallace finally gets over being dumped over a year ago and goes back into the world. He soon finds out that Chantry has a boyfriend but the two of them decide they'll give a go at being friends. Both characters are somewhat awkward and seem to have little friends outside of Allan (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Mackenzie Davis). Their best friends are common friends but for some unknown reason they had never met before, probably due to Wallace being somewhat emotionally unstable and completely shut off in his apartment for months on end.

The film is predictable overall but still brings some fresh moments. I absolutely love Adam Driver and he plays more or less the same character he plays on Girls but it was great to see him here. The characters are lovable in their awkwardness and shyness and you do hope for them to get together. They're also quite believable. Wallace was in med school but dropped out (still because he got dumped honestly, Wallace can't really handle being dumped) and now works at an alienating low end job, while Chantry has that girl next door look and works in an animation studio, with pressure to accept a promotion she's not sure she wants.

The film is cute for sure, but also really funny at times. I'm not a huge fan of Daniel Radcliffe to begin with, having seen him only in the obligatory Harry Potter series and the Woman in Black but he was quite good, and different. It's a bit slow but I can't say that was an issue for me. Toronto is featured a lot as the film was shot and takes place there (for once, they're not pretending it's New York) so it was great to see the city.

While there is no release date set, the director said the movie should come out around Valentine's Day so by all means, if you're looking for a fun comedy to watch, go see it. It's way better than most movies that come out for the holiday and it's one I believe both women and men will enjoy.


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