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If I Were You 2013

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4.6 out of 5 stars (46) IMDb 7.1/10

PRE-THEATRICAL! ACADEMY AWARD WINNER® Marcia Gay Harden forms an unconventional pact with her husband's sexy mistress in this very funny look at the unexpected places life can take us.

Starring:
Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Joan Carr-Wiggin
Starring Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling
Supporting actors Joseph Kell, Daniela Saioni, Genadijs Dolganovs, Jessica Booker, Genevieve Kang, Gary Piquer, Kaitlyn Riordan, Leon Aureus, Jeff Elliot, Beatriz Yuste, Vickie Papavs, Rhonda Hall, Mairtin O'Carrigan, Michael Therriault, Claire Brosseau, Bethany Jillard, Elizabeth Whitmere, Darren Keay
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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The sudden upheaval of a middle-aged woman's stability gets a character driven, and hilariously farcical spotlight shone on it, pulling out her vulnerability into a personal triumph. Written and directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin, "If I Were You" is the perfect film to showcase the tour de force comedic talent of Marcia Gay Harden (Madelyn).

An unlikely and manipulated friendship begins, quite by happenstance, between Madelyn and her husband Paul's (Joseph Kell) newly discovered mistress. "A bouncing bimbo", Lucy (Leonor Watling), is the office temp involved in the affair who gets caught by Madelyn. Turning up the heat, this heartbroken wife, along with the "Plan B" mistress, join forces to advise each other on what should be done concerning their lives and concerning Paul. This unholy alliance has a twist here as Lucy does not know that Madelyn is actually Paul's wife. Let the games begin ...

There are so many places in this madcap setup that could have caused this story to sink; subplots, predictability in spots, and keeping the level of comedy above the water. I found myself laughing throughout it all. A scorned and out of character corporate wife, along with an endless bottle of Scotch, becomes increasingly sarcastic and shrewd. Madelyn had been at a place in her life where she was thinking of a peaceful retirement with Paul and their lives getting to a slower pace. Infidelity then rears its ugly head and pulls the rug right out from under her.

Along with lovely music (Paolo Buonvino) and an indescribable "King Lear", a whole stage play theme is worked in. The tone of condescension amid the characters gets a solid punch in the film's own third act.
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I wasn't sure if I should rent this, but Marcia Gay Harden usually picks good scripts, so, I decided to rent this movie. And oh boy, I'm glad that I did. There is something very organic about the script. Marcia Gay's performance is *very* funny at times while honestly portrays the emotions of a compassionate and distraught middle-age career woman who is forced to re-evaluate her life and marriage after she finds out about her husband's love affair. This movie defies the typical Hollywood concept that love affairs and one night stand only belong to men of all ages and emotionally unstable young women, that young women cannot teach anything to wise middle age women, and deals with the reality of many that are clearly under-represtend in Hollywood movies.
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Delightful performances, through and through, with poignant and laugh-aloud moments. "If I Were You" is a gem. And, I learned not to trust reviews -- I often go to a movie-review website named after a spoiled vegetable (wait, a spoiled fruit?) before renting a film -- and decide against poorly rated choices. This website gave the film a truly dreadful review and only 67 percent of the audience liked it. So glad I read Amazon readers' reviews and went with them.
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This was a nice little movie that didn't try to be any more than it was. Marcia Gay Harden and Leonor Watling as the wife and mistress respectively were well matched for their roles.

Ms. Harden acts to save a young woman, Ms. Watling, who she rightly thinks is planning suicide. The cause of the young woman's unhappiness is that she was dumped by her lover who is a married man. Later when Ms. Harden finds out the man is her husband she continues her friendship with Ms. Watling without revealing what she knows. There are various comedic twists and turns leading to a satisfactory ending for the two women.
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Started to watch this yesterday morning with my oldest son, who lost the coin toss on who got to choose the movie. Less than thirty minutes into it, he made me turn it off...he loved it so much he wanted to wait for his brother and sisters to get home so we could all watch it together! And we had a blast! The acting was incredible, and though slightly far fetched, you lived each moment right along with them. My sixteen year old was actually crying at the end. Read the other reviews, believe them, and watch this movie!
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What would you do if your mother was dying, your marriage was falling apart, and you were developing a slight alcohol addiction? How about befriending your husband's hot-cha-cha mistress? I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

I really hope this delightfully quirky little film doesn't get permanently shelved before theatrical release. This "coming-of-(a certain)-age" movie is smartly scripted, well cast, and chock-full of comedic relief. I highly recommend it, especially for Marcia Gay Harden fans, indie film lovers, community theater geeks, and anyone interested in watching a deceptively poignant film about adult relationships. A cameo by Aidan Quinn delivers a delicious diversion, too.
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By Kathleen Brletic on November 30, 2013
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Great story. Very well executed. I loved Marcia Gay Harden. She was truly spot on in her portrayal as a woman dealing with it all.
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This is a very smart and delicious film, deceptively simple at first, and later revealing a main character to be reckoned with and a cast equally up to the occasion. Framing the main story, an amusing and surprisingly excellent production of "King Lear" with Marcia Gay Harden as the arrogant, ignorant and cursed ruler. If you like REALLY good writing, direction, and acting, you will LOVE this film.
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