If I Were You: movie review

Movies, Drama
2 out of 5 stars
If I Were You
If I Were You

You know those movies where everything would be a lot simpler if people just sat down and talked? Madelyn (Marcia Gay Harden), her husband (Joseph Kell) and his mistress, Lucy (Leonor Watling), spend all of writer-director Joan Carr-Wiggin’s drama not telling one another what they know about their respective situations. Which, of course, makes things awkward when Madelyn befriends Lucy and the two bond over their relationship crises, as the latter doesn’t realize that the former is her lover’s wife. It’s a complex geometry that’s mined for some interesting perspectives on romantic fulfillment, but the film’s comic sense (exemplified by a drunken Harden acting inappropriately) is slack and its dramatic conclusion unfulfilling.

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Release details

115 mins

Cast and crew

Joan Carr-Wiggin
Joan Carr-Wiggin
Marcia Gay Harden
Leonor Watling
Joseph Kell
Aidan Quinn
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