If I Were You (2012)



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Madelyn Reid (Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden) accidentally learns of her husband's infidelity when she saves his sexy young mistress (Talk to Her's Leonor Watling) from a bungled suicide attempt. When her unsuspecting young rival suggests the two new "best friends" take each other's advice - on everything - Madelyn sees an opportunity to seize the upper hand. But the plan backfires when Lucy, an aspiring actress, insists Madelyn keep her end of the bargain - and orders her to star as King Lear in a very amateur production, with Lucy playing The Fool. Things really get out of control when Lucy starts giving Madelyn instructions on dealing with an amorous coworker and a handsome stranger (the ever delectable Aidan Quinn). Marcia Gay Harden gives a hilarious, touching and utterly believable performance in this delightful comedy about two women who become the unlikeliest of friends. With pitch-perfect chemistry between odd couple Harden and Watling, a fine supporting cast, plenty of laughs, and a few pearls of wisdom, If I Were You is a very entertaining look at the unexpected places that life can take us.(c) Kino Lorber
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Critic Reviews for If I Were You

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (9)

Here's a safe prediction: movie critics are going to have fun with the title of If I Were You.

Full Review… | November 28, 2013
Toronto Star
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"If I Were You'' has more than its share of laughs, but director Joan Carr-Wiggin needed to cut half an hour to make this fly without interest flagging.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
New York Post
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Harden is a wonderful actress but struggles to find the complexity in so strained a situation.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Buried in the bloat of Joan Carr-Wiggin's interminable "If I Were You" are the seeds of what might have been a lean, snappy farce about duplicitous, adulterous games.

March 14, 2013
New York Times
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Bloody awful.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
New York Daily News
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The people responsible for a hapless load of bunk called If I Were You can only be described as delusional. They think they have made an actual movie, when nothing in it qualifies.

Full Review… | March 13, 2013
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for If I Were You


good indie i think com-dram even though the clowns at flixter think it is just a drama but it reely has some funny moments.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

"If I Were You" starts with Madelyn(Marcia Gay Harden) wanting to surprise her husband Paul(Joseph Kell) with his favorite pastry. But then it is Madelyn who is surprised by Paul having an affair with the younger Lucy(Leonor Watling). She then follows Lucy after the lovers have an argument. Madelyn even goes so far as to stop Lucy's suicide attempt, followed by the women striking a unique deal. For a comedy that is centered around an off-off-off Broadway production of King Lear, it is no surprise that "If I Were You" is as uneven as it is. While Leonor Watling hits the right farcical notes, Marcia Gay Harden does seem lost at times. But not in one scene she shares with Aidan Quinn set at a nursing home, that while it does seem like it comes from another movie entirely is also the highlight of this one. And Quinn's stabilizing presence does even things out effectively enough to make this movie at least somewhat likable.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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Splendid film that shows you can make it through any situation. I laughed, I cried, and I swore that I'd make all my friends watch this movie. This is not some sappy rom-com, it's mayhem with both hilarity and serious tones that make for a great movie.

Emily Rose
Emily Rose

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