If I Were You (2012 Canadian film)

If I Were You is a 2012 Canadian-British[1] comedy-drama from Joan Carr-Wiggin starring Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling and Aidan Quinn.[2][3][4]

If I Were You
If I Were You (2012 Canadian film) poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byJoan Carr-Wiggin
Produced byDavid Gordian
Alan Latham
Written byJoan Carr-Wiggin
Story byJoan Carr-Wiggin
Music byPaolo Buonvino
Guy Farley
CinematographyBruce Worrall
Paragraph Pictures
TallTree Pictures
Distributed byKoch Lorber
Release date
Running time
115 minutes
United Kingdom


Madelyn, a marketing professional, sees her husband (Paul) canoodling with his mistress (Lucy) in a restaurant and in her credulity decides to call him just to make sure it is him she has seen.

Madelyn's distraught call grips Paul in his guilt and, consequently, he decides to leave Lucy on the spot.

Madelyn follows Lucy and finds her mortally confused and buying a long piece of rope. Suspecting Lucy is about to commit suicide, Madelyn stalks Lucy and finds she is getting ready to hang herself with the rope in her apartment.

To save Lucy, Madelyn befriends her and aiming to help Lucy regain her confidence and develop a career in acting, she helps her get into a production of King Lear. Madelyn plays Lear (as a Queen) while Lucy is the fool.

The script and scenes of the main story are theatrically articulated as the movie pays homage to the theater and the play that has been embedded in it.



The film has a 13% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 15 reviews with an average score of 3.86/10. [5]

Bruce Demara of The Toronto Star awarded the film one and a half stars out of four.[6] Andrew Schenker of Time Out awarded the film two stars out of five.[7] Nick Schager of Slant Magazine awarded the film two stars out of four.[8] David Noh of Film Journal International review wrote, "An anti-rom-com in the best sense, Joan Carr-Wiggin's film joyously revives the screwball tradition with real wit, as well as making one fabulously tart female buddy movie."[citation needed]


  1. ^ Koehler, Robert (18 January 2012). "If I Were You". Variety. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ Abele, Robert (14 March 2013). "Review: 'If I Were You' is strained, absurd marital farce". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  3. ^ Scheck, Frank (14 March 2013). "If I Were You: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  4. ^ Holden, Stephen (14 March 2013). "Fast Friends, With Man in Middle". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  5. ^ "If I Were You". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  6. ^ Demara, Bruce (28 November 2013). "If I were you, I'd make a better film: review". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  7. ^ Schenker, Andrew (11 March 2013). "If I Were You: movie review". Time Out. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  8. ^ Schager, Nick (11 March 2013). "If I Were You". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2 January 2018.

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