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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 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.
There are some reasonable moments, and Kazan brings all her cherubic prettiness and vulnerability, but I can't help thinking it appeared to better effect in her own romantic fantasy, Ruby Sparks.
A film that has a bit of charm but leaves audiences wondering what if these actors could have gotten better material.
The 'com' is fresh, even if the 'rom' feels a little stale.
What If is ultimately a perfectly decent piece of fluff that thinks it's more subversive than it actually is.
What If initially appears as a lil' bit of summer lovin' to break up the season's bout of action films, but has actually turned out to be something with a whole lot more heart.
Goes for the heartstrings, not the jugular. And perhaps that's just as well; optimism, even the romantic kind, is underrated.
I can't make a case that the quirky romantic comedy "What If" isn't somewhat formulaic, but I can make the case that the formula itself is quite pleasant, and charmingly executed.
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.
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
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.
A by-the-numbers romantic comedy that's biggest surprise is in how inoffensive it all is. Everything is in the right place.
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