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Everything you need to know about Ryan Reynolds’ new movie If

Everything you need to know about Ryan Reynolds’ new movie If

The Office star director John Krasinski is replacing A Quiet Place with a fantasy film in his new family comedy If, which brings together a star-studded cast to bring imaginary friends to life.

In addition to directing his latest film, Krasinski is also writing and producing If, which stars Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds.

As the film’s release date approaches, the number of famous actors who will be taking on leading roles is increasing, and each of them will be lending their voices to the film’s fictional characters.

Read on to find out all the important details you need about Krasinski’s If movie, including cast, plot, trailers, and when you can watch it.

Fleming appears opposite Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds. (Paramount)

Krasinski’s If will be released exclusively in UK cinemas on Friday, May 17, with a streaming release date yet to be confirmed.

The film was initially scheduled to be released in November 2023 but was delayed due to the Hollywood strikes.

Reynolds on set with director John Krasinski. (Paramount)

Critics gave mixed verdicts on the family-friendly story, which has a 56% critic score. Rotten Tomatoes.

The Telegraph praised Krasinski’s “artful, sweet, imaginative story”, which had surprising echoes of The Sixth Sense, but The Independent’s two-star review argued that it was “more a series of emotional cues than a film proper”.

Read the full reviews below:

Independent: John Krasinski and Ryan Reynolds (unsuccessfully) aim for Spielbergian wonder (3 min read)

Telegram: Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski’s kids’ Sixth Sense is surprisingly charming (3 min read)

Hollywood Reporter: Ryan Reynolds Stars in John Krasinski’s Family Film That’s Easier to Admire (4 min read)

Deadline: Childhood Wonder Falls into Deep Melodrama in John Krasinski’s Latest Film (4 min read)

Summary: John Krasinski’s Kid-Friendly Fantasy Rings Are Mostly Empty (3 min read)

The final trailer for If was released in April, with Reynolds inviting us all into an imaginary world where we meet imaginary friends who’ve seen better days.

Before this trailer was released, a trailer was released introducing Krasinski’s film and a group of imaginary friends who face an uncertain future where their children have forgotten about them.

You can watch it below:

In a short documentary that aired during this year’s Super Bowl, Reynolds got the chance to get a better sense of what’s to come in the series by having The US Office star Randall Park pretend to be Krasinski.

The film has an all-star cast. (Variety via Getty)

If is set in a world where imaginary friends (here simply called IFs) are as real as can be, and face an equally real dilemma.

As the children who dream of them grow up and forget they ever existed, IFs risk disappearing altogether unless they can find a way to reconnect with their old playmates.

The official synopsis for the film reads: “IF is about a girl who discovers that everyone can see their imaginary friends and what she does with this superpower, and embarks on a magical adventure to reunite the forgotten IFs with their children.”

At the center of the story is Bea, a young girl who must use her IF-detecting superpower, along with her neighbor Cal, to save as many IFs as possible before it’s too late.

Steve Carell voices the big furry monster Blue in the movie If. (WireImage)

Cailey Fleming plays Bea, a young girl who uses her special ability to save her imaginary friends from disappearing. You may recognize Fleming from her appearances in Loki and as the young Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Fleming is joined by Reynolds as Bea’s neighbor Cal, who can also see IFs and agrees to help her with her quest. Krasinski stars as Bea’s father, while Killing Eve star Fiona Shaw plays her grandmother.

The film’s live cast includes Minari’s Alan Kim, The Bear’s Liza Col√≥n-Zayas and former Saturday Night Live star Bobby Moynihan.

Meanwhile, If has a roster of guest stars as the voices of its Ifs, with Krasinski’s former office boss Steve Carell taking the lead as the big furry monster Blue. He’s joined by Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the human-ladybug Blossom, George Clooney as a spaceman, the late Louis Gossett Jr. as a bear named Lewis, Krasinski’s real-life wife Emily Blunt as a Unicorn, and Matt Damon as a flower named Sunny.

Elsewhere, comedian and actor Maya Rudolf plays the alligator Ally, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart plays the Robot, Sam Rockwell plays the Superhero Dog, and Awkwafina plays a character named Bubble.

Keegan Michael-Key voices Slime, Bradley Cooper brings a glass of ice water to life, Blake Lively voices Octocat, and Amy Schumer plays a giant gummy bear.

Krasinski’s film also features the voices of Vince Vaughn, Matthew Rhys, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Meloni, and Sebastian Maniscalco.


It will be released in UK cinemas on Friday, May 17

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