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If I Were You (2012)

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When a woman tries to outwit her husband's sexy young mistress, the unexpected consequences include starring as King Lear in a very amateur production - with the mistress, an aspiring actress, playing The Fool.


Joan Carr-Wiggin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcia Gay Harden ... Madelyn
Leonor Watling ... Lucy
Joseph Kell ... Paul
Daniela Saioni ... Waitress
Genadijs Dolganovs ... Store Clerk
Jessica Booker Jessica Booker ... Mother
Genevieve Kang ... Office Assistant
Gary Piquer ... Keith
Kaitlyn Riordan Kaitlyn Riordan ... Sarah
Leon Aureus Leon Aureus ... Tyler
Jeff Elliot Jeff Elliot ... Sam
Beatriz Yuste ... Carla
Vickie Papavs ... Maggie
Rhonda Hall Rhonda Hall ... Neighbour Elizabeth
Mairtin O'Carrigan Mairtin O'Carrigan ... First Lear


Two women who meet by chance make a pact to fix their unhappy lives: they will each do what the other one says. But one of them has a secret. She knows her husband is sleeping with the younger woman. Madelyn's plan backfires when Lucy, an aspiring actress, orders her to play King Lear in a very amateur production, with Lucy playing the Fool. Madelyn's life is transformed in unexpected ways as, like Lear, she struggles with matters of mortality and betrayal, loyalty and love. Written by Paragraph Pictures

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What happens when your new best friend is your husband's mistress?


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language/sexual references

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Rainer: Just remember, this entire play is resting on your shoulders. Now, relax.
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References Fatal Attraction (1987) See more »


Gabriel Tango
Written & performed by Paolo Buonvino
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Worth it
24 February 2013 | by tickinSee all my reviews

I have to open by saying I've always enjoyed Marcia Gay Harden. But I was a little worried that comedy might not be her strength. I was happily wrong. She delivers a joke well, very well at times and she carries the 2 hour movie right through to the end. She puts her own style into it too, which is memorable.

The movie is light entertainment but it's not irritating. It weaves it's own little path and pops out the other end with a smile on it's face. This is probably going to sound mean but the secondary characters were neither here nor there and only served as billboards for Marcia to graffiti. Though Aiden Quinn does carve out a few good moments for his character.

But It's Marcia's show and she steps up well. Well worth it if you're perhaps on the upper side of 40 and looking for something light, funny and mostly clean.

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Release Date:

10 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,889, 17 March 2013

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1.78 : 1
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