What If

What If

Michael Dowse (2013)

97min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Daniel Radcliffe headlines a cute, quintessentially indie romantic comedy that thinks it's a bit cleverer than it actually is. It's quite the opposite for the character he plays, however - a medical school dropout who's lost his faith in love after a break-up. So he takes solace in his friendship with a cartoon animator, played with familiar kookiness by Ruby Sparks star Zoe Kazan (her affectations enhanced by doodles that spring to life), but it's painfully clear that Radcliffe wants more. His main obstacle is Rafe Spall as Kazan's long-time boyfriend, who is instrumental in the film's funniest moments. Mostly, though, director Michael Dowse (Goon) relies on the witty banter between his leads to keep the formulaic action zipping along. Radcliffe isn't quite as comfortable as his co-star with this screwball approach and shrewdly tries a few Hugh Grant-style tics, making a virtue of his very British awkwardness. Ironically, the chemistry is better when the two leads are not flirting with each other.

Summary

Wallace is a medical school drop-out who has given up on love after a series of bad break-ups, while Chantry is an animator who lives with her boyfriend. The two become friends since neither is interested in a relationship with the other - but as they grow closer, they begin to wonder if they belong together. Romantic drama, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.

Cast & Crew

Wallace Daniel Radcliffe
Chantry Zoe Kazan
Dalia Megan Park
Allan Adam Driver
Nicole Mackenzie Davis
Ben Rafe Spall
Felix Lucius Hoyos
Ellie Jemima Rooper
Director Michael Dowse
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: E1 EntertainmentGuidance: Swearing, brief nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Aug 2014
Drama