What If (2014)
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for What If
A by-the-numbers romantic comedy that's biggest surprise is in how inoffensive it all is. Everything is in the right place.
DanRad RomCom Star, say whaaat?!?!?! He and Zoe Kazan are a captivating pint-sized couple, and despite the film's lame and innocuous title, "What If" presents a true and romantic journey through the zone of male-female-platonic-though-chemistry-heavy-friendship. DanRad's marble-mouthed enunciation is perfect for quick-witted Wallace's linguistic acrobatics, and while Chantry is a bit too naïve about her steady but passionless relationship and a bit too Fool's Gold-eating and Fool's Gold-having about her new guy bestie, if any actress is going to make her sympathetic, it's Zoe Kazan.
Radcliffe and Kazan are irresistible and have a lovely chemistry together in this sweet romcom whose best asset is its charming, funny dialogue but which, on the other hand, is a bit too obvious and predictable with the kind of story that we have all seen many times before.
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|Nicole:||The one thing I like about getting married is that you get to stand up in front of everyone you care about and state for the record that you believe in the best case scenario. It terrifies me, but that's why the outfits are so nice.|
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