What If

Theatrical Release: August 20, 2010
DVD Release: March 1, 2011
What If


Fifteen years ago, Ben Walker (Sorbo) made a decision to leave his college sweetheart Wendy (Swanson), and ultimately his faith, in order to pursue a lucrative business opportunity. Now on the verge of marriage to an equally materialistic fiancé, he is visited by an angelic mechanic (Ratzenberger) who tells him that he needs to see what his life would have been like had he followed God’s calling. Suddenly, Ben finds himself married to Wendy with two daughters, including a rebellious teen (Ryan), getting ready for church on a Sunday morning, where he’s scheduled to give his first sermon as the new pastor.

If Ben wants to get back to his old life, he must first learn to appreciate the value of faith and family, and perhaps rediscover the love of his life. In the tradition of Its a Wonderful Life and The Family Man, “What If” tells the story of a man whose glimpse into what he’s missing reminds him of what he truly wants.

Dove Review

A charming story for the entire family! Everyone in the world has, at one time or another wondered “What If” in life. What if they had performed better in school? What if they had made different choices, whether it be in their careers or their personal lives? We all wonder “What if”. Here is a charming story about one man, Ben (Kevin Sorbo) who gets to find the answer to those questions even though he never asked. God sends an angel named Mike (John Ratzenberger) to help Ben see what would have been in store for him if he stayed with his original life’s plan.

This faith-based movie will have you laughing and crying as you enjoy this magically entertaining story. It is a different twist to “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Instead of “what if” you were never born, this story answers the question “what if” you made different choices? We are proud to award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.

One of the neatest things about this movie is it was filmed in my state of Michigan. In fact, parts of it were filmed right here in Grand Rapids. Some of the buildings and scenery are familiar to me, making this wonderful heartwarming story even more appealing to us locals.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing between a couple.
Language: H-1 (as a place); Jerk-2
Violence: Man hits another man a couple of times.
Drugs: Man in hospital with IVs.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: Dad pays boy not to see his daughter.


Company: PureFlix
Director: Dallas Jenkins
Producer: Russell Wolfe, David A R White, Michael Scott, Dallas Jenkins
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe