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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Critic Reviews for What If
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.
Its plotting is predictable but Kazan and Radcliffe make a thoroughly engaging double act.
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.
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.
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.
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