'What If,' a romantic comedy, is too satisfied with its cuteness
'What If' stars Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace, who is in love with his female friend (Zoe Kazan), and Radcliffe and Kazan have a nice rapport.
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Daniel Radcliffe fans, at least the ones who care about him as anÂ actor and not as Harry Potter, will be gratified to learn that he gives aÂ performance in â€śWhat Ifâ€ť that will in no way remind anyone of the boyÂ wizard. He plays Wallace, a med school dropout in Toronto who, stillÂ reeling from a breakup with his girlfriend, falls for Chantry (Zoe Kazan),Â a gamine animator who inconveniently has a boyfriend (Rafe Spall)Â but wants Wallace to be a "boy friend."
This is standard rom-com terrain, and, as directed by Michael DowseÂ and written by Elan Mastai, it doesnâ€™t fly high. At times itâ€™s rather sweet,Â though, and Radcliffe and Kazan have a nice nerds-in-clover rapport. IfÂ only the movie wasnâ€™t so satisfied with how cute it is. Grade:Â B- (Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including references throughout, partial nudity and language.)