What If is a delightful rom-com starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. The story has been done to death before: “boy meets girl; girl has long-time boyfriend; boy and girl become become “only” friends; boy and girl realize that they are meant for each other.” But smart dialog, good performances and great chemistry between the two leads raises this above a normal cliched rom-com.
Radcliffe plays Wallace, a man burned out on relationships and has ostensibly given up on them. He meets Chantry (played by Zoe Kazan) and they have an instant bond, but Chantry already has a long-time, live-in boyfriend. The two decide to be “just friends.”
Predictably, Wallace and Chantry become interested in each other more than either want to admit. The plot does contain stock rom-com tropes, but Zazan’s and Radcliffe’s performances and smart dialog elevate this above the normal rom-com fare.
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Even if you hate rom-coms, it is worth a look for the good performances and great chemistry between the two leads.
Skip it if you can’t Radcliffe as anyone else other than Harry Potter.