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What If (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Its narrative framework may be familiar, but What If transcends its derivative elements with sharp dialogue and the effervescent chemistry of stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.

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WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). 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? The ensemble romantic comedy costars Megan Park and Oona Chaplin. (C) CBS Films

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Cast

Zoe Kazan
as Chantry
Oona Chaplin
as Julianne
Sam Moses
as Cabbie
Enis Esmer
as Paramedic
George Tchortov
as Bartender
Tamara Duarte
as Cute Girl
Vanessa Matsui
as Sales Woman
Rosalind Feldman
as Antique Employee
Don Ritter
as Karate Referee
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Critic Reviews for What If

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (42)

What If doesn't take too many surprising turns to get where you know it's going to go, but it handles each turn with consummate professionalism.

September 22, 2016 | Full Review…
AV Club
Top Critic

If this all sounds a bit unromantic, What If certainly shows true love is difficult. For this boy and girl, falling hard for someone is a choice rather than a destiny.

July 19, 2016 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Nerd wish-fulfillment of the first order, this Canadian rom-com places an artificial barrier between its cute-as-a-button leads and asks us to stick around for an hour and a half until it's artificially removed.

August 28, 2014 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Long before the script permits the characters to acknowledge the obvious, you lose patience: Jump into the deep end of the bed already. It would be more fun and friendly to all concerned, especially the audience.

August 22, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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The dialogue is believable and funny, even if strays a little too often into the grotesque eating and toilet habits of the late Elvis Presley.

August 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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For a kid who grew up in public and is worth an estimated 60 million, Daniel Radcliffe does a convincing job of playing a normal guy.

August 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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At the end of the day it's a typical romedy, but it manages to seduce you into rooting for it. Off the charts chemistry between Radcliffe/Kazan, plus grounded and convincing dialogue really brings this tale of romance to life. It's hilarious as it is heartfelt in sincerity and that really helps transcend the tropes of its genre

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

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Radcliffe and Kazan are irresistible and have a lovely chemistry together in this sweet romcom whose best asset is its charming, funny dialogue; even so, the movie is also a bit too obvious with the kind of predictable story that we have all seen many times before.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A by-the-numbers romantic comedy that's biggest surprise is in how inoffensive it all is. Everything is in the right place.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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