Fifteen years have passed since Ben Walker (Kevin Sorbo) shared a tearful goodbye with girlfriend Wendy (Kristy Swanson) at the bus stop in their small town. Instead of going to seminary as he'd originally intended, Ben headed into the business world, and now he's a successful investment banker who's completed his biggest deal yet. But on the eve of a celebratory trip to Paris with his new fiancée Cynthia (Kristin Minter), his brand-new Mercedes breaks down and Mike (John Ratzenberger), a mechanic calling himself an angel, gives him a sucker punch that sends him into a sort of "parallel universe" where he never left Wendy behind.
Ben resists his new life, delivering the world's lamest sermon on his first Sunday as the new pastor in his old hometown. He alienates his older daughter Kimberly (Debby Ryan) by forgetting her name, and sends Wendy into paranoiac tailspins thinking that he's going to divorce her. He wants desperately to be Banker Ben again, but Mike explains that God isn't going to let that happen until Ben surrenders completely to the life he was supposed to have.
As the evangelical version of the Nicolas Cage film The Family Man (2000), What If … tackles the thorny question of one's calling. Wendy asks, "What if this is one of those moments we're going to regret later?" She's worried about more than just making a mistake. She's worried that Ben is going against God's will for his life.
The movie's logic holds that God has a plan for your life, and that it's possible to go against that plan, thereby screwing up your whole life. As Mike puts it, "God's call always involves a choice." And while the mechanism of "calling" is a mystery best left to better theologians than this reviewer, it seems as though ...1
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