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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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UK | Canada



Release Date:

10 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Если бы я была тобой See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,929, 17 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,222, 28 April 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Keith: But just remember, God doesn't give us any more than we can carry.
Madelyn: [winces] God has some formula where He can calculate exactly how much pain to inflict on each individual?
Madelyn: Isn't it interesting the things that are supposed to be mindlessly comforting are really, really horrible? You know, when you think about it.
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References Fatal Attraction (1987) See more »


"La Cena written by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Jo Knight Christopher Cowie & orchestra led by Stephanie Gonley
Orchestrated by Andrew Pearce
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Through hilarious circumstances, a wife and mistress help each other with their love lives. But! Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!
18 March 2013 | by sandranordSee all my reviews

This is one of the best comedies I have seen in years - I go to the movies a lot! The writing is smart, philosophical, quick witted. The plot comes up with surprise after surprise. You cannot predict the next move at all. The film is laugh-out-loud funny. The audience will put themselves in the shoes of these wonderfully rich characters and go through a fun emotional journey. Zany but plausible! The acting is stellar. I've always been a big fan of Marcia Gay Harden so I am thrilled to see her in a film of this caliber. The big question is "Why isn't this film in more theaters? I accidentally stumbled on this film. If not for that, I never would have seen it. Why? Marketing people ... distribution people ... GET THIS FILM TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC! We need to laugh ... not AT people which happens so often in films these days ... we need to laugh along with the genius of this film!

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