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The film marks a departure for Radcliffe, who in recent years has played a wizard, a widowed lawyer haunted by a woman in black, Allen Ginsberg and a warped version of himself who fires a condom onto Diana Rigg's head in Extras.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Radcliffe confirmed that he recently rejected an approach to reprise his role as Harry Potter for Universal Orlando's theme park, but refused to definitively say "never" about going back to the role.
"I would never say never… the hypothetical thing people come up with is if a book was written one day and the story was continued at an age you were appropriate to do it, »
Can men and women ever be 'just friends'? Director Rob Reiner asked the question in 1989 with When Harry Met Sally and we knew the answer then, just as we do from the very beginning of What If. After all, much of the comedy springs like the sweat of desperation from Daniel Radcliffe's brow as he tries to contain his feelings for Zoe Kazan (aka Ruby Sparks), playing the typically cute, clever but kooky heroine who keeps him dangling.
Wallace (Radcliffe) is a med school dropout, which might imply issues around commitment, except that he's split from his long-term college sweetheart and can't get over it. That is until he claps eyes on cartoonist Chantry (Kazan) at one of those cosy, dimly lit parties that only exist »
The age-old dilemma: can guys and girls really just be friends, no sexual tension involved. That is just one question Daniel Radcliffe, star of new rom-com What If, tackled at this week’s press conference. Read on for more details.
Question: Were you actively looking for a rom-com. You seem to be someone shifting from genre to genre – were you looking for something to tick off?
Daniel Radcliffe: Yeah, it’s interesting. I was having this conversation with a friend of mine the other day…as actors, the only time we talk about genre is when we’re promoting a film or when we’re talking to journalists, because I don’t think it’s something that factors into my thought process when I’m picking a film. You’re not thinking “Oh, I want to do a romantic comedy, only show me romantic comedies from now on”. You »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
It's sweltering. You're stuck on public transportation. But wait - what's this? A full-service day spa in the middle of the NYC subway system? Improv Everywhere earned internet infamy with flash mob pranks such as the No Pants Subway Ride and When Harry Met Sally in Real Life, both of which made people stop in their tracks to watch something bizarre happen. This time, however, Improv Everywhere is supplying a less abstract public service: relief from the heat. Setting up a pop-up spa on a subway platform where the temperature hovered around a humid 95 degrees, the group filled the station »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Chicago – “What If” is a really bad title, but that is the least of the film’s concerns, apparently, as the old can-man-and-women-be-friends canard rears its indecisive but predictable head (snicker). This time it’s interpreted through Harry Potter and Elia Kazan’s granddaughter, if this is to be believed.
Whenever the man and woman friend question pops up in a romantic comedy, it’s almost certain that the couple are made for each other, which makes the exercise in speculating the question futile. The victims in this one are Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, and they are game to tackle the mush-mouth dialogue, but as it leads to its inevitability, the speeches and banter gets increasingly annoying. This is a new generation “When Harry Met Sally…,” but it finds no new territory in the subject, and chooses to go high concept to make up for its lack of natural authenticity. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I suppose we’re obligated to refer to What If as a millennial variation on When Harry Met Sally. It too asks, somewhat disingenuously (since the outcome is never really in doubt), whether men and women can be just friends. It too shows two characters dancing around their obvious attraction for each other as things get more and more complicated. It too has its fair share of wiseass snark, though it also has an earnestness that’s all its own — whenever it threatens to break into moments of full-on romantic wish-fulfillment, something pulls it back down to Earth.Despite that title, What If isn’t a fantasy. Rather, let’s call it a romantic daydream — the kind that gets interrupted by the harsh reality of other people. It starts off with a thoroughly plausible meet-cute. Heartbroken med-school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and goofy animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan) meet one night »
- Bilge Ebiri
Arriving in theatres this week, in the Us at least (in Canada it hits on August 22nd), is The F Word, the new romantic comedy from director Michael Dowse. Titled What If in the states, the film stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as Wallace and Chantry, respectively. The two young adults meet one night and feel an instant chemistry between them, leading to a new friendship. Wallace, having been burnt recently by a particularly bad relationship, is looking for love and falls head over heels for his beautiful new friend. There’s just one problem: Chantry is currently living with her longtime boyfriend.
Charming, clever and full of great performances from the entire cast, The F Word is a thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy that should definitely please those who have been jaded by the genre lately. Our very own Sam Woolf gave the film a 4/5, saying in his review »
- Matt Joseph
Last month we asked whether or not the rom-com could be saved. 25 years on from "When Harry Met Sally," the genre has become anemic, though there are bright spots, like this weekend's "What If," an imperfect, but still enjoyable attempt to twist the formula (here's our review). And while the upcoming "Love, Rosie" isn't a total reinvention, it does look to at least have a broader scope than most of these kinds of movies usually do. Lily Collins and Sam Claflin star in the film about two British childhood friends who are inseparable, even as they grow into adulthood. School, pregnancy, and other obstacles in this crazy thing called life, find them split apart, though Rosie's torch still burns for her best friend. The problem? He's married, and she's got a child from another man. Can she get back with the person who was right for her all along? You'll »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The C Word: Dowse’s Latest a Joy Despite Censor Scramble
Don’t let the marketing snafu and the hopelessly generic title fool you into thinking that What If is the forgettable rom com it’s being offered up as. Directed by Canadian director Michael Dowse, the man behind the Fubar films and the equally underrated Goon (2011), the film premiered last fall at the Toronto Film Festival as The F Word and has since been retooled to meet the constrictions of the MPAA rating system and snag a PG-13 rating. While this was an ill-advised move since the film isn’t designed for the bauble headed teens hungry for more heteronormative confirmation about what adolescent romance should look like, Dowse’s final product prevails as an enjoyable jaunt through a stale genre. Ultimately ending up exactly where we think it will, the journey there is always fresh and never contrived, »
- Nicholas Bell
This rom-com is really an updated take on When Harry Met Sally . . . for millennials. Meaning, can a guy be friends with a babe without trying to boff her? Luckily, Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan spin sweet magic out of blah-blah-blah clichés. I like when that happens.
In this Toronto-set fable, Radcliffe plays Wallace, a med-school dropout, dumped by his Gf and – ouch! – living with his single-mom sister. Kazan, radiating smarts and seductive appeal, plays Chantry (great name), an animator Wallace sparks to at a party. She has a boyfriend, Ben (Rafe Spall). If she didn't, »
Canadian director Michael Dowse is not the sort of filmmaker that seems well-suited to handle a twee romantic comedy like What If, but he is qualified for a ribald look at 20-something relationships like The F Word, which happen to be the same film. Titles, like book covers, shouldn’t be used to judge a film itself, but the name change from The F Word (which the film premiered as at the Toronto International Film Festival) to What If is indicative of the competing sensibilities at play in Dowse’s latest. Transitioning here to the friend zone from the penalty box, Dowse’s 2011 film, Goon, was a piss and vinegar-fuelled story of a lunkhead bouncer rising to minor fame as a hockey enforcer, its secret weapon being a surprising sweetness to compliment the small stakes. As implied by its original, MPAA feather-ruffling title, What If carries over Goon’s gently raunchy spirit, »
- Sam Woolf
It has been 25 years since "When Harry Met Sally," the ultimate can-men-and-women-be-just-friends romantic comedy, hit theatres, and as we've recently discussed, few films of that sort have matched it in that time. But lately Hollywood has been taking a crack at that unique premise with mixed results, most notably with "Friends With Benefits" and "No Strings Attached," both released within months of each other and both not very good. So "Goon" and "Fubar" director Michael Dowse has a high bar to reach with "What If," and while the movie doesn't even make it to the same ballpark as the Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan classic, there's enough pleasure and small charms within its modest ambitions that it succeeds in putting an enjoyable spin on what has often proved a tired concept. While authenticity might be too strong a word, "What If" presents a world that feels inhabited by real characters in a real city (the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's been over two years since filmmaker Nora Ephron passed away. The director of films like Sleepless in Seattle and writer of When Harry Met Sally was one of the best known female filmmakers in the business. When Ephron left this world, she left behind in incomplete screenplay. As we reported in 2011, she was working on bringing a big screen adaptation of Lost in Austen, a British mini-series which is essentially a modern, time-traveling take on Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Now that film may see the light of day as The Wrap reports "Portlandia" co-creator Carrie Brownstein will now finish the script. For those not familiar with the British series, here's the official synopsis: Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, »
- Ethan Anderton
Based on the 2008 ITV television show, the film centres around Jane Austen fan Amanda Price.
Trapped in an unromantic relationship, she discovers escape in the form of a portal into the world of Pride and Prejudice in her bathroom.
When Harry Met Sally writer Ephron was working on the script up until her death in 2012, which halted development on the project.
Brownstein serves as co-creator, co-writer and co-star of satirical sketch show Portlandia.
What If, 2013.
Directed by Michael Dowse.
Failed medical student Wallace meets art designer Chantry at a party after a failed relationship. There is an immediate connection and they become great friends, but should they risk their friendship for something more?
I think it was Echo (he of the Bunnymen) that stated, quite without irony, that people are strange. And there are few better cinematic examples this year of how flawed we all are than the screwed up characters featured in Michael Dowse’s What If‘.
Adapted from the stage play Toothpaste & Cigars, by T J Dawe and Michael Rinaldi, Elan Mastai adapts this into a screenplay actually worth paying attention to. More than your average rom-com? Well, yes and a bit no. The no portion does little to astound the audience, anymore than it creates any kind of new or original ideas. »
- Steve Leadbetter
I liked a lot of Nora Ephron’s movies and, as praised as she was, I think her voice as a screenwriter is undervalued in today’s landscape of paper-thin romantic comedies (that is when they’re making rom-coms at all, the genre is temporarily on the wane). Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle were all quite good and had a strong authorial voice. While something like Heartburn might lack the polish of her later work, it’s a commendably raw bit of semi-autobiographical commercial writing. So I think it’s good news that an equally independent voice, Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia (and formerly of the amazing band Sleater-Kinney) is tackling some of Ephron’s unfinished work. Ephron was in the midst of adapting Lost in Austen, a film based on the U.K. TV series, when she died in 2012. Brownstein is a writer on Portlandia, but »
- Evan Dickson
Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein — taking on her first feature writing project — will complete the late Nora Ephron's unfinished adapted script of U.K. television miniseries Lost in Austen for Columbia Pictures. Good Universe has come aboard to produce the movie with Columbia and Neal Street Productions. Photos From 'When Harry Met Sally' to 'Sleepless in Seattle': 11 Movies From Nora Ephron's Celebrated Career Brownstein is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC’s hit comedy Portlandia, and she is also a musician. She will next appear in Jill Soloway’s Transparent for Amazon and Todd Haynes’ Carol, which
- Pamela McClintock
We here at CinemaBlend are huge fans of Daniel Radcliffe, both in what he accomplished as Harry Potter, and in what he is trying to accomplish in a post-Potter career. The young actor hasn.t shied away from riskier properties as he expands how audiences will accept him on screen, from the Gothic horror of The Woman in Black to the bizarre dark comedy of Horns. Radcliffe has a new, offbeat and incredibly charming romantic comedy titled What If hitting theaters, and we want you guys to see it first . for free! Start out by watching the movie.s trailer. It.s the When Harry Met Sally. for a new generation. Now, how do you get to see it? There are screenings of What If playing in major cities around the country next week, and we can get you passes. Do you live in the following cities? Can you attend »
Growing up, Daniel Radcliffe always thought Harry Potter would die at the end of J.K. Rowling’s books. “Because of the prophecy with Lord Voldemort,” Radcliffe says on a recent afternoon in New York, between cigarette puffs. “I thought, ‘How is she going to get out of that one?’ ” He finally worked up the courage to ask the bestselling author when she came to see him in the London production of “Equus” in 2007. “I was happy to be proven wrong,” Radcliffe says. “For an actor, what more can you wish for? You get a death scene — and then you get more screen time.”
Even though Voldemort couldn’t finish off Potter, someone else has. The culprit is none other than Radcliffe himself, who was cast to play the boy wizard at the age of 11 in 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Over the next 10 years, the eight “Potter »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Michael Douglas is back being a cad in this weekend’s romantic comedy And So It Goes. No, friends, this isn’t a very obscure reference to Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five.” Instead, “and so it goes” suggests that life goes on, no matter what gets thrown at you.
In the film, Oren’s (Douglas) big stumbling block later in life comes in the shape of his granddaughter (Sterling Jerins), for whom he’s now suddenly responsible. This wouldn’t be such a bad thing, but Oren is an insensitive, impolite, insolent realtor set in his ways.
- Sasha James
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