What If: Review

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Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) at a house party while rearranging fridge magnets into meaningless phrases.

Despite the awkwardness and desperately nervous small talk, the two get on so well that Chantry ends up giving him her number because “it would be great to hang out again”, before rushing home to her live-in boyfriend. Diffident and painfully shy, Wallace has just endured a very painful breakup and as a result he has dropped out of med school, so he decides to steer clear and throws away her number.

But, as this is of course a romantic comedy, the two will bump into each other again as they both decide to go and see the same classic screening of “The Princess Bride”. As you do, right?

The chemistry is apparent but Chantry is in love with her boyfriend, despite spending all her time with Wallace. They laugh, they have so much in common and they have no filters with each other. They are a modern version of When Harry Met Sally, without the famous orgasm scene.

‘Good friends, bad idea?’ is What If’s movie strap line and Wallace’s dilemma throughout the film. They become, after all, great buddies. Except that Wallace falls madly in love with her and struggles to cope in the friend zone.

Set in Toronto, What If is a slightly acerbic rom-com with great potential that falls a bit short. Hogwarts old boy Radcliffe feels slightly out of place as the romantic lead and there’s not much to look forward to, bar for the occasional animation.

An easy watch, sure to spark the antediluvian question of: what if your best friend is actually the love of your life?

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, What If is out now on DVD.

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