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500 Days of Summer (movie)
'What If' is a rom-com that tries too hard to charm
'What If' is a rom-com that tries too hard to charm

Call it "When Harry Met Sally" with skinny-dipping. Or "(500) Days of Summer" with people falling out of windows. However you frame the sweet yet self-conscious "What If," it pales in comparison to those and so many other rom-coms. That would have less to do with the "rom" and the "com" and more with the thinness of the movie's overall concept. Sure, director Michael Dowse ("Goon," "Take Me Home Tonight") and writer Elan Mastai (who adapted the script from a play called "Toothpaste and Cigars") try to gussy up their slender story with bits of animation and fantasy, a few zippy flashbacks, tone-shifting...

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