What If

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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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  • 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.

    Sep 22, 2016 | Full Review…

    David Sims

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  • 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.

    Jul 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 28, 2014 | Full Review…
  • We're used to rom-coms that show off hot bodies (see Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in Friends With Benefits). With these two, it's their melancholy average-ness that make us go wow.

    Aug 22, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 22, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What If

Not perfect, but Zoe is such an intriguing actress and I did enjoy it. A bit slow and talky, and not entirely sure about Daniel (although he wasn't as bad as I expected), but it is a nice story. I am glad they got rid of the alternate ending, though. End credits were cute, but I actually think they could have ended on the sandwhiches and let the audience draw their own conclusions. 2017 rewatch. Upped half a star. I think I enjoyed this more the second time around. Still a few small things that irk, but very decent and enjoyable chick flick.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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½

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

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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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