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What If - Family Movie Review

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MPAA Rating

For adult themes and adult content.

Romantic Comedy

Hari Mahesh

Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver

Smera Productions, Quality Lab

Release Date/In Theaters

What If - Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger Shelby

What If is your typical boy meets girl romance. This one definitely counts in the chick flick category. Medical School drop-out, Wallace, is down and out. All of his friends are finding great relationships, but he just keeps having disaster after disaster. Just when he is about to give up, he meets Chantry. There is only one problem, Chantry lives with her long term boyfriend. This family movie review thinks that parents need to think twice, or maybe even three times before taking the kids to see this one.

This is an adult movie with an adult theme and adult content. When Chantry and Wallace meet there is an instant connection. They closely become friends, but the chemistry between them is much more than friends. This connection is obvious on the screen. Both of these lovers contemplate whether it is possible to love your best friend. The plot becomes emotionally tense as the two decide whether she should leave her boyfriend to be with Wallace. It has an underlying theme of infidelity and temptation on the part of the female lead character.

This movie was rated PG-13 for sexual content, including almost continual sexual references throughout the movie. There is also partial nudity and adult language. The chemistry between Chantry and Wallace is flirty and tense. If this movie were a romance novel, it would be a bodice ripper. There is much direct talk about sex and other direct references. There is one scene where a man falls off a balcony and is seen lying hurt on the sidewalk. However, he talks and is still able to use humor. One man gets punched and falls down the stairs. You know that the boyfriend is going to get hurt emotionally in the end.

It would be a big stretch to call this one a family movie and even a bigger stretch to call it a kid's movie. This one is 98 minutes of sexual tension and innuendo. Friends "with benefits" is acceptable in this film, even when one of the partners is already in a committed relationship. This may not be the best basis for building good family values and healthy relationships. This parental guide to the movies sees this one as a young adult movie.

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