Review: 'What If' Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall And Mackenzie Davis

August 6, 2014 10:34 AM

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Review: 'What If' Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall And Mackenzie Davis

It has been 25 years since "When Harry Met Sally," the ultimate can-men-and-women-be-just-friends romantic comedy, hit theatres, and as we've recently discussed, few films in that time have matched it. But lately, Hollywood has been taking a crack at that unique premise with mixed results, most notably with "Friends With Benefits" and "No Strings Attached," both released within months of each, and both not very good. And so "Goon" and "Fubar" director Michael Dowse has a high bar to reach with "What If," and while the movie doesn't even make it to the same ballpark as the Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan classic, there's enough pleasure and small charms to be had, that within its modest ambitions, it succeeds in putting an enjoyable spin on what could be a tired concept.

While authenticity might be too strong a word, "What If" certainly presents a world that feels inhabited by real characters, in a real city (the movie was shot in Toronto, and doesn't pretend otherwise). The devil is in the details and the opening party sequence actually feels like....well, a real p...

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