What If: REVIEW

Burned by too many bad relationships, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold.
Then he meets her.

Chantry is his perfect girl. She’s cute, quirky, funny, and he can be himself around her. But she has a boyfriend. And the two are both in a stage of life where they just want a solid friend of the opposite sex they can just pal around with.
But can men and women really be just friends?

The movie’s greatest spark is the chemistry between it’s main two characters – played by Daniel Radcliffe (who knew… Harry Potter can act!) and Zoe Kazan (who impressed me immensely with the 2012 Ruby Sparks – which is a far a superior film, and, like, hey, why haven’t you seen it? Go Redbox Ruby Sparks, which she wrote and stars in, before going out of your way to see this one).

It’s a loveable little indie romcom with quirky dialogue and funny portrayals of young twenty-somethings trying their best to get by with a little help from their friends. At times it’s riotously funny, but at others the dialogue gets a little too cute and the movie’s potential is never fully reached.

What If is a funny, sweet indie comedy/drama that proves Daniel Radcliffe can act outside of the Harry Potter franchise, and entertains with some good laughs and lots of heart. But it’s far-fetched plot wears thin, and any love for the originality of the story dissipates once What If’s ending quickly travels down some awfully clichéd roads.

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What If is rated PG-13 for language and sexual content.

© Matt Tory, 2014. 

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