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Picture - Zoe Kazan - Opening night... New York City New York United States, Monday 23rd February 2015

Zoe Kazan - Opening night of 'Big Love' held at the Signature Center - Arrivals at Signature Center, - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015

Picture - Zoe Kazan, Josh Hamilton, Ethan... New York New York United States, Monday 5th January 2015

Zoe Kazan, Josh Hamilton, Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano, Jonathan Marc Sherman and Peter Dinklage - The New Group benefit reading of "Things We Want" held at the Signature Theatre - Arrivals. at Signature Theatre, - New York, New York, United States - Monday 5th January 2015

Picture - Zoe Kazan - Photographs from... New York City New York United States, Tuesday 9th December 2014

Zoe Kazan - Photographs from the red carpet as a vast array of stars arrived for the World Premiere of Disney's film musical 'Into The Woods' which was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 9th December 2014

Picture - Zoe Kazan - Photographs from... New York New York United States, Tuesday 9th December 2014

Zoe Kazan - Photographs from the red carpet as a vast array of stars arrived for the World Premiere of Disney's film musical 'Into The Woods' which was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 9th December 2014

Picture - Zoe Kazan - 'Photographs from... New York New York United States, Monday 8th December 2014

Zoe Kazan - 'Photographs from the red carpet as a vast array of stars arrived for the World Premiere of Disney's film musical 'Into The Woods' which was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 8th December 2014

'What If' Stretches Daniel Radcliffe's Range

Tags: Daniel Radcliffe - Zoe Kazan

After growing up on-screen in the Harry Potter movies from 2001 to 2011, Daniel Radcliffe became one of the richest actors in the world. But he also quickly set about making sure he wasn't locked into being the boy wizard for the rest of his career. His first emphatic move was to star in the 2007 West End production of Equus, in which he appeared on-stage fully naked.

What IfDaniel Radcliffe [L] and Zoe Kazan [R] in 'What If'

He further broke from his family-friendly image by poking fun at himself on Ricky Gervais' TV series Extras, then moving on to the Aussie drama December Boys, the ghostly thriller The Woman in Black and the biographical gay drama Kill Your Darlings.

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What If Review


With his first romantic-comedy, Daniel Radcliffe proves adept at delivering snappy dialogue and generating strong chemistry with his costars, so it's frustrating that the film is never remotely believable. Director Michael Dowse and writer Elan Mastai find some cleverly original angles on the genre, but never seem sure whether this is silly slapstick or darker black comedy. They also indulge in several appallingly corny plot points that would only happen like this if they were written by a screenwriter.

Radcliffe plays Wallace, a British guy living in Toronto. After a bad break-up he has dropped out of med school and let his life drift aimlessly, but now his best pal Allan (Adam Driver) is tired of his moping around. So he introduces Wallace to his cousin Chantry (Zoe Kazan), and the two hit it off. The problem is that Chantry has a lovely boyfriend, Ben (Rafe Spall), so just wants to be friends. Wallace is smitten but pretends that this is fine. And this causes a serious problem as they get to know each other over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, Allan has his own fast-moving relationship with Nicole (Mackenzie Davis), and he urges Wallace to make a move when Ben is transferred to Dublin for six months. The question is whether Chantry feels the same way about him.

Dowse has always been good at finding the sharper edges of humour in any scene (see Fubar or Goon), but this film has a squishy sentimental centre that threatens to undo it at every turn. There are also several goofy moments that strain credibility, such as when Wallace and Chantry are forced to share a sleeping bag naked. Meanwhile, the characters are so perky that they're somewhat exhausting. The actors seem to be trying desperately to make us like them in every scene, and sometimes this works simply because they are genuinely engaging. But the best moments are when Radcliffe hesitates awkwardly or explores the darker side of his longing, or when Kazan reveals the doubt behind her super-cute eyes.

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