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What If (2013)

The F Word (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 15 August 2014 (USA)
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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Ireland | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What If 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

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Deborah Ann Woll, Rose Byrne and Rebecca Hall were considered for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

When Ben is in the ambulance his neck-brace isn't placed correctly. It should be under his chin. See more »

Quotes

Allan: A hundred percent honesty is the foundation of any relationship.
Wallace: Whoa! You are a hundred percent honest with Nicole?
Allan: Yes!
Wallace: About everything?
Allan: Yep!
Wallace: Wh... New Orleans, 2006! What was her name... Uh, Fabia? Yeah, she did LOOK like a woman, to be fair!
Allan: Ninety-nine percent honesty is the foundation of any relationship.
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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

Referenced in 73 Questions: 73 Questions with Daniel Radcliffe (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

(On No! Not) The Beast Day
Performed by Marsha Hunt
Written by Marsha Hunt, Steve Rowland and Hugh Burns
Courtesy of Universal Music Canada
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Clichéd and too familiar but entertaining and sweet
25 September 2014 | by aaskillz69See all my reviews

"I will look, if you'll look"

-Chantry

It's been a long while since i first heard of the this film, it was more than a year ago when it premiered at Toronto. God damn it's been a year and this year's edition is already gone. It's the biggest film festival of the year, of all the pictures that were there i have now seen a massive fifty, which tells a lot about the Festival's quality (since most were good). Though more than done a year ago, the film has only been recently released with a nice warm embrace from critics and audiences. I didn't expect one of the year's best but still hoped it would be a worthy romantic comedy.

What If is Directed by Michael Dowse and it stars Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Adam Driver, Jemima Rooper and Sarah Gadon. "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?"

Well What If does end up being a worthy romantic comedy i guess. This meaning that's entertaining and charming enough to be worth a watch, no questions asked but i don't really know if it can be much more. I did have an overall good time with it, the movie has enough laughs and the stars are quite brilliant too, the thing though is that i felt as though i had already seen it. This is a fine time at the movies but it does feel way too predictable and overly familiar.

It makes me sad not to really like this feature because, you know, i actually really wanted to. Mainly because of the two leads who are quite charismatic and have a good on screen chemistry, but also because it's so clear that the film's intentions are good and that made me overlook some flagrant flaws. And the movie has many of those.

I'm having a battle within me right now, a battle between my cynical and cold side who thinks (and rightfully so) that this picture is way too familiar and foreseeable and the other side of me who was quite entertained and charmed by these characters and performances. In the end i think i met somewhere in the middle. Because albeit this is always an enjoyable film to be watching, i did get some moments where i couldn't help but to roll my eyes. It's full of clichés and it's a shame. Full of sub-plots (and the premise too) and supporting characters that felt way too conventional and plain. I mean really the supporting characters though amusing, are little more than card board pieces in the movie's screenplay.

So yeah the film is basically saved by it's two lead performances from Potter Daniel Radcliffe and Ruby Sparks Zoe Kazan. I really liked both here and i thought they were also good together on screen. Radcliffe plays his characters well, never makes him too weird or annoying, he gets the right tone of his character. Zoe Kazan is just so cute...i mean how could you not like her. Big blue eyes, i had already liked her in the better and more original Ruby Sparks and she once again charms the screen.

What If is undeniably a pleasant movie going experience but unfortunately it does fall short from being much more than that. The two lead performances and a screenplay that ha some funny gags in it, elevate a material that's overall not that great and was made with an approach that wasn't really that inventive. Still i had a good time and i would feel a bit guilty giving a negative score to a film that didn't impress but didn't leave a bad taste in my mouth either.

Rating:C+


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