What If (I) (2013)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Romance


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Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.


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  • Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis in What If (2013)
  • Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in What If (2013)
  • Jemima Rooper at an event for What If (2013)
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27 September 2014 | tmf084
7
| One of the better RomComs
It doesn't use an original idea nor does it stay clear from the usual RomCom tropes and the plot is sort of predictable. But even though it has all the ingredients for a derivative flick it feels fresh and is quite entertaining. Mainly it's because of Radcliffe and Kazan, the more original dialogues and by staying clear from slapstick comedy. Also the story by itself feels convincing as a whole and the characters stay consistent and relatable for the most part. Though, by the end you also recognize that they slandered a lot of potential by going the usual RomCom route. It could have been better by doing a few things differently, which I'm not going to name here to avoid spoilers.

Bottom line, if you like RomComs then you will probably like this one. If you don't like the genre at all you may still find this one bearable enough to sit through it next to someone.

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Trivia

In the opening scene, Wallace deletes the voicemail message from his ex-girlfriend after saving it for 379 days. This is exactly one year and two weeks.


Quotes

Nicole: What's the best case scenario?
Nicole: Look, 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.


Goofs

Wallace states that he doesn't know if it's true, but he "read on the Internet that Elvis died with 40 pounds of undigested feces still in his intestine." As a former medical school student, one would hope that Wallace knows that feces is, in fact, the remains of already-digested food.


Crazy Credits

The beginning of the closing credits are done with Chantry's animations telling some of the story of the movie as well as some of the back story.


Alternate Versions

Original/TIFF cut is appx 101 minutes, US cut is appx 98 minutes, and TIFF cut (PAL DVD) is appx 97 minutes (obviously due to PAL speedup differences). Comparing Australian PAL DVD (original/TIFF cut) to US Bluray (US cut), changes begin from AU version at appx 65:00, equivalent to US version at appx 65:13 :

  • "Lawn Bowls" reordered scene: AU @ 65:00-66:26 --> US @ 67:48
  • "Tearing list" scene: AU @ 66:54-67:00 --> deleted from US
  • "Chantry wandering around Dublin" scene: AU @ 67:04-67:15 --> deleted from US
  • "We're Just Friends" scene: AU @ 67:28-68:13 --> deleted from US (found as an extra on the retail disc)
  • "3 points" scene: US @ 69:33-69:38 --> deleted from AU
  • "Where is Chantry" reordered scene: AU @ 68:13-69:45 --> US @ 69:38-71:08
  • "Wallace going to Dublin" scene: AU @ 69:45-69:56 --> deleted from US
  • "Wallace landing in Dublin" reordered scene: AU @ 72:10-72:13 --> US @ 71:08-71:10
  • "Wallace waking up in Dublin on plane" scene: AU @ 72:13-72:24 --> deleted from US
  • "Wallace found unconscious" scene: AU @ 73:06-73:32 --> deleted from US
  • "Chantry's voicemail message to Wallace" alternate/reordered scene (shorter on US): US @ 72:00-72:10 --> uses AU @ 7427-7440 footage
  • "Chantry's voicemail message to Wallace" alternate & Wallace's voicemail message to Chantry" scenes: AU @ 73:32-74:08--> deleted from US
  • "Wallace leaving Ben's" same scene: AU @ 74:08-74:18 --> US @ 72:10-72:18
  • "Wallace departing Dublin" scenes: AU @ 74:15-74:27 and 74:40-75:00 --> deleted from US
  • "Landing at Toronto" same scene: AU @ 75:00-75:04 --> US @ 72:18-72:22
  • "Rushing to restaurant" scene: AU @ 75:04-75:15 --> deleted from US
  • "Outside restaurant" scene: AU @ 75:15 extended by appx 1 second
  • "New US ending" scene: US @ 87:05-90:40 --> not on AU (found as an extra on the retail disc). Scene is out of narrative order when compared to animated end credits, and should have been placed after animated credits.
  • Animated end credits are also somewhat different, and run at different speeds (outside PAL speedup): AU @ 90:00-94:37 --> US @ 90:40-93:19


Soundtracks

Beethoven: Piano Sonata, Opus 79 No. 25 (Cuckoo)
by Classical Arr.
Keith J. Salmon (as Keith Salmon)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Published by Lynne Publishing

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Comedy | Romance

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