The half-hour show, unveiled on Friday, reteams Dowse and stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence in their original roles as Terry and Dean. Vice Studio Canada and Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media are co-producing the series, set to debut later this year.
The Viceland adaptation sees the clueless Terry and Dean characters fleeing the wildfires of Fort McMurray, Alberta, for Calgary with nothing but emergency government debit cards to their names. Discovering high-speed internet for the first time,...
It wasn’t any old sandwich, however. This sandwich was a full loaf of French bread hollowed out, covered in butter, and filled with peanut butter, jam, and about a pound of bacon. It was -- and still is -- called the Fool’s Gold Loaf, and on that fabled night in 1976, Presley spontaneously flew across the country to satisfy his very specific craving for it.
The Fool’s Gold Loaf holds a place of honour in The F Word, a Toronto-shot romantic comedy by Canadian directorMichael Dowse (Goon, Fubar). Wallace (Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan, star and director of Ruby Sparks) become best friends and then (maybe, possibly) fall in love with the help of the jelly-infused mess.
Where The F Word’s heroes both agree on their pro-Fool’s Gold platform, their actor counterparts couldn’t be more opposed.
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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,
I was lucky enough to see an advance screening of What If this week, a romantic comedy with a quirky edge to it that makes if feel somewhat fresh, like Ruby Sparks (2012) or 500 Days of Summer (2009).
Based on a play by T.J. Dawe and directed by Michael Dowse (Goon, Fubar), this indie comedy with heart is heavy on conversationalist dialogue, wears it’s heard on its sleeve and is, throughout its just-over 90 minute running time, a delightful story of boy and girl meet, girl has boyfriend, boy wants to make a move but can’t, difficulties in their friendship occur. It seems, on the surface, and on paper, a little predictable and run of the mill, but feels much more out of the ordinary in
Most familiar to fans will be Nick Stoller, who hails from the Judd Apatow camp. He recently scored with the box office hit Neighbors starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen. He's also know for Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The later of which he worked alongside Ant-Man lead Paul Rudd on, with the two already having a strong rapport.
While those film titles may sound foreign to some, Canadian cult moviegoers have really come to embrace the work of Michael Dowse. While he branched off into American cinema with the little seen Topher Grace vehicle Take Me Home Tonight, his work remains very much Canadian. And that is why it is so odd to see him directing a romantic comedy like The F Word. It sounded interesting enough, but could the guy who gave us Fubar really deliver something that needs to be sweet and cheerful? Especially after the casual brutality of Goon? Well, the answer may surprise you.
Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is a bit of a shut-in. He broke up with his girlfriend over a year ago, he dropped out of med school, and now he lives in the attic of his sister’s home in suburban Toronto.
Directed by Michael Dowse (Fubar, Goon) from a screenplay by Elan Mastai, The F Word is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), a hopeless romantic who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. Deciding to put his life on hold, Wallace strikes up a friendship with animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan) who lives with her boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry click immediately, becoming best friends; but with the chemistry between them, can that last?
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Dowse, as self-effacing and honest as you'd imagine, and Kazan, as delightful, charming and sweet as you'd imagine, paid a visit to the Cineplex suite during the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about why Harry Potter makes a good comedic leading man, if guys and girls can be friends and what Adam Driver of "Girls" added to the mix.
Check out Michael Dowse and Zoe Kazan in the hot seat right now.
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