Movie Review – What If: Predictable romcom

Film: WHAT IF 

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall

Director: Michael Dowse 

What if the shy, nerdy hero of this movie hadn’t been cheated on by his two-timing girlfriend? What if the new object of his platonic attentions had been a singleton?

This romantic comedy doesn’t to calculate a range of probable outcomes as it follows the fates and fortunes of some really young (or young looking) adults who look like they’re still in high school. Based on the play Toothpaste and Cigars, by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi, ‘What If’ revolves around medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who’s hurting from a broken relationship and now only wants a friend.

 This buddy might, just might be Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who has a highly successful globetrotting boyfriend called Ben (Rafe Spall, ). Which doesn’t stop Chantry from spending quality time with Wallace who’s pleased as punch when his foul-mouthed friend Allan (Adam Driver) weds Nicole (Mackenzie Davis).

The once bitten twice shy Wallace lives in his sister’s attic. At night, he crawls onto the roof and ponders over his existential angst. That he could lose his life by slipping over the roof’s edge, doesn’t bother him. What happens eventually is predictable. But the predictability of the story arc is something viewers enjoy. And want. (Meaning, happily ever after)

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