If Only

July 15th, 2004


If Only

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It takes a tragedy to teach the young businessman Ian to put love ahead of work and open up to his musician girlfriend Samantha.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 7.0/10 (12,666 voted)

Director: Gil Junger

Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Nicholls, Tom Wilkinson

After his impetuous musician girlfriend, Samantha, dies in an accident shortly after they had a fight (and nearly broke up), a grief-stricken British businessman, Ian Wyndham, living in London gets a chance to relive the day all over again, in the hope of changing the events that led up to her getting killed.

Jennifer Love Hewitt - Samantha Andrews
Paul Nicholls - Ian Wyndham
Tom Wilkinson - Taxi Driver
Diana Hardcastle - Claire
Lucy Davenport - Lottie
Roy Sampson - Dunbar
Kevin Moore - Hotel Employee
Neville Phillips - Concert MC
Ben Ridgeway - Teenage Boy
Teo-Wa Vuong - Enniko
Terence Harvey - Trahem
Al Wilde - Oliver
Danny Babington - Nigel
Stewart Wright - Mike
Graham Turner - Richard

Taglines: His love for her forced fate to change.


Official Website: Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 15 July 2004

Filming Locations: England, UK

Opening Weekend: KRW 756,000,000 (South Korea) (29 October 2004) (111 Screens)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Jennifer Love Hewitt wrote the two songs she performs in the movie.

Ian Wyndham: I guess what I'm trying to say is... I want to soldier on. I really do. Okay?
Samantha Andrews: No.
Ian Wyndham: No what?
Samantha Andrews: I don't... want to soldier on.
Samantha Andrews: Ian, if I were to stay in London now, it would be for you. For us. And I would do that in a heartbeat if I knew we were really special.
Ian Wyndham: We are.
Samantha Andrews: Really? You never tell me how you feel or talk about yourself. You don't want to meet my family. You forgot my graduation. We run into my favorite student and you act as if he has something contagious.
Samantha Andrews: Ian, I know you have the best intentions, but I feel like I'm a really high second priority to you. That hurts. And the worst part is I'm starting to get used to it.
Ian Wyndham: I don't understand.
Samantha Andrews: I know. That's what kills me.

User Review

A beautiful and romantic film about love.

Rating: 8/10

I saw a screening of this several months ago and have been patiently waiting for news about when it was going to be getting released because it was one of the most romantic films I've seen in a long time. The movie tells the story of Sam (Jennifer Love Hewitt) a young American musician living in London with her British boyfriend Ian (Paul Nicholls). We learn a little bit about the couple in the first 1/3 of the film, and how Ian may be too involved in his work to really pay attention to what is going on in Sam's life, which leads to the two having an argument right before Sam is involved in an auto accident which leaves her boyfriend in pieces... until he is given a second chance to relive the day. Essentially the film is showing the importance of not taking for granted every second you have in a relationship because you never know when it could be taken away from you, and how all of your actions have tremendous meaning in yours and your loved ones lives. The story is very involving and it has a really emotional ending which makes the impact of the whole setup that much stronger. Jennifer Love Hewitt is the big name here, and she gives a good performance. She's much more subdued than I've seen her in previous films and it helps bring her natural charm to the forefront. Paul Nicholls is an unknown to most Americans, but he is someone I do know from his 'Eastenders' days, as my ex-girlfriend watched that British soap on PBS loyally, and I must say he was very impressive. Very charismatic and genuine leading man material. I'm sure all the girls will go crazy over the accent. The two have very good on-screen chemistry, especially with all the highly emotional scenes in the latter half of the movie. Tom Wilkinson was great in a small role as the taxi driver lending his ear to Ian with his relationship troubles. The film is really touching and has some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see of the English countryside in the second half of the film, in which you follow the couple as they relive the day that changed their lives. A very romantic, beautifully shot film. Here's hoping it gets the exposure it deserves.


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