What If (2013)

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What If (2013)
  • Time: 99 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Director: Michael Dowse
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver

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?

One review

  • This movie, directed by Michael Dowse (Goon) and written by Elan Mastai, had it’s moments, but overall it just seemed to try too hard to be shocking and clever. Some of the dialogue is of the super gross-out type, with one too many scatological references that just seem to be placed in the film for shock value rather than relevance.

    Daniel Radcliffe, as Wallace, and Zoe Kazan, as Chantry, meet at a party and there’s immediate chemistry between them, but since Chantry is in a five year relationship, Wallace and Chantry agree to be friends. With some ups and downs you can pretty well predict which way this movie will go, and the remainder of the film will focus primarily on whether they’ll arrive there.

    Radcliffe and Kazan do well in their starring roles and the chemistry between them works, I thought. In supporting roles, Adam Driver as Allan, Wallace’s old college roommate and Mackenzie Davis, as Nicole, the free spirit girlfriend of Allan add well to mix. Plus, Rafe Spall, as Ben, the son of the terrific English actor Timothy Spall, is very well cast as Chantry’s boyfriend.

    Overall, the cast here is very solid but what lowered my rating somewhat was the impression that the filmmakers tried to make every line so witty, and at times outrageous, that it grew a little tiresome for me. They might have been better off taking their “foot off the gas pedal” and let a more natural and realistic story come to fruition.

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