Pamela Drury (Rachel Griffiths) is an attractive, intelligent thirty-something award winning Sydney journalist. Yet Pamela has missed the love boat, and is resigned to the odd porno flick and blind date. She could have had it all 13 years ago, when she turned down the perfect guy, Robert Dickson (David Roberts). On the edge of despair, Pamela literally collides with her other self - the Pamela who married Robert 13 years ago - and comes complete with three kids, dog, goldfish and a white picket fence. As she struggles to cope with a family oblivious to the switch, she\'s challenged by poignant, humorous and ultimately enlightening experiences.

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A fresh take on the \'What If\' formula.

Pamela Drury (Rachel Griffiths) is in her mid-30s; she`s an independent, single woman, an award winning journalist, but lately she`s been feeling life has passed her by. Her best friend is blissfully happy with her new baby, but for Pamela decent, unattached men are a bit thin on the ground. She`s regretting she said No to Mr. Right 13 years ago - and then there`s an accident, she`s hit by a car driven by - herself - another Pamela who DID marry Mr. Right and who lives in the suburbs with three kids. When this second Pamela disappears, Pamela 1 gets a taste of domesticity... This accomplished first feature by writer-director Pip Karmel, best known for editing Shine, brings freshness to the What If formula of films like Sliding Doors. The choices faced by a woman today are even-handedly presented and realistically portrayed by Rachel Griffiths in one of her best performances. It`s a romantic comedy drama with quite a hard edge: the comic scenes - such as Pamela trying to have sex with her tired, reluctant husband - are both funny and painful. Karmel gets significantly good performances from the child actors, and her clever, well constructed script has been artfully directed. An interesting footnote is the French, not Australian, financing of this very Aussie film.Margaret`s Comment:I couldn`t quite shake off this feeling of dissatisfaction with this film, despite the number of very good elements in it. Rachel Griffiths makes the most of what seems to me a very underdeveloped concept, and fortunately she`s surrounded by performances that are either adequate or really impressive, the children - Yael Stone as Stacey, Shaun Loseby as Douglas and Trent Sullivan as Rupert are naturally convincing. But where does the writer/Director Philippa Karmel go after establishing Pamela in her new world of housewife and mother - she goes for cliches: soiled bottoms that need wiping, whoops we`re shopping for more than one now, a snoring uninteresting husband and a dumbing down of the job she holds brilliantly as a single. The scenario is a potentially interesting one - single girl who can`t find a partner is suddenly transposed into the life she could have had if she`d accepted a marriage proposal 13 years ago. Unfortunately Karmel opts fot the superficial, which is fine if you just want to make a light comedy, but the film isn`t wildly funny and it doesn`t offer much wry insight either. However, the film is enjoyable on that superficial level if only for seeing Griffiths strut her stuff in something light again.