If I Were You

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  • Summary: When a woman tries to outwit her husband's mistress, her plan backfires, and she ends up playing King Lear in an amateur production of the play with the mistress, an aspiring actress, playing the Fool.


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  1. Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    Mar 12, 2013
    If I Were You is a screwball comedy for Canadians—not LOL funny, but as crazy as you might expect Toronto to get.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 11, 2013
    A wannabe French-style infidelity farce that keeps indulging in unnecessary bathos and subplots.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 14, 2013
    If I Were You has more than its share of laughs, but director Joan Carr-Wiggin needed to cut half an hour to make this fly without interest flagging. She had the exact same problem with her last movie, “A Previous Engagement.’’
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 14, 2013
    A modern cinematic equivalent of the sort of tired sex farces that used to populate Broadway with regularity, If I Were You simultaneously exploits and squanders the talents of its star, Marcia Gay Harden.
  5. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 12, 2013
    Mostly it just redefines the word “asinine.” Marcia Gay Harden never makes a wrong move, but this movie is so futile, one goes away convinced that the moves she makes are hardly worth making.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 14, 2013
    Hardworking Oscar winner Harden and beguiling Spanish star Watling do nothing for this haphazard film, which belatedly decides it wants to be a stage satire as the women lark into a ridiculous avant-garde production of “MacBeth.” Bloody awful.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 14, 2013
    This is Nancy Meyers territory, but leaden with passé observations about lovelorn women...and hardly ebullient as either oddball-pair comedy or housewife-revenge fantasy.

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