If you are the kind who loves watching romantic movies and believes in true, unconditional love, then If Only is the movie to watch. Starring the sensuous Jennifer Love Hewitt and Paul Nicholls, this movie definitely lets your heart skip a beat (almost every time). It can make you cry too. If Only is recommended to anyone who is a romantic at heart. This one will certainly get you. Director Gil Junger did a wonderful job and Writer Christina Welsh achieved as a first-time screenwriter. Samantha (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is in love with her boyfriend, unfortunately he does not pay any attention to her. She is living in London attending school there to be with him. She is a music student and an aspiring singer and songwriter. Ian (Paul Nicholls) is wrapped up in his job and is taking her “for granted”. A twist of fate occurs and makes him realize what he has. After his American musician girlfriend, Samantha, dies in an accident shortly after they had a fight, a grief-stricken British businessman, Ian Wyndham, living in London is suddenly awakened out of the nightmare, only to realise in the next couple of minutes that the nightmare is turning out to be true. Yet, as he gets a chance to relive the day all over again, he tries his best to avoid the same sequence of events from taking place; in the hope of changing the events that leads to her getting killed. However, he soon realises that predestined events go on occurring, no matter their way and order of occurrence. So, the only way he can save her is by loving her as if there was no tomorrow. Love is unquestionably eternal. After living a day where Ian Wyndham is the self-centred, power-driven businessman who neglects his doting girlfriend, at the end of the day, he finds himself in a cab where the taxi driver gives him some sound advice—show her you love her. Appreciate her. Still, a fight later ensues and his girlfriend dies in an accident that leaves him devastated. But he does get a second chance, and the next day he wakes up, with everything the same way it was the day before. Thinking he had an awful dream, he sets about his daily routine, only to realise that all the events that took place in his dream (or nightmare), are in fact, being repeated, though in a different sequence. This leads to a radical change in his own demeanour, where he begins to open up and show his girlfriend Samantha how much he really does care for her. Ian does all that he can to shower her with all his love. He wants her to pursue her dreams and let go of her fears. He takes her to the city outskirts where they can be alone for most part of the day, he takes her to dinner where he presents her a gold bracelet with her favourites and he takes her to the London Eye so she could get rid of her fear of heights. The best thing that he had planned for her was to let go of her stage fear and her doubts of being a good singer. She is forced to sing at her graduation when he introduces her to the audience that she is a visiting artist from America and has a song to sing. She sings, though hesitant initially, and the audience is spell-bound by her amazing performance (you would get goose bumps at this point). This is when Samantha is the most grateful to Ian. In the end, Ian planned everything exactly right so that he would save Samantha. Samantha realises what he had been trying to tell her about his dream, but he never told her the end.
What happens towards the end? Does Samantha live? Watch this mesmerising and heart-touching movie to find out.