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Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.



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WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace, who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? Written by CBS Films

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Good friends. Bad idea? See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including references throughout, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The F Word  »

Box Office

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$133,898 (USA) (8 August 2014)


$3,452,117 (USA) (12 September 2014)

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The F Word
30 August 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The F Word (titled 'What If' in America) is a breath of fresh air in a summer filled with sequels, comic book movies and just generally the type of films I would normally stay far away from. My city is large enough, but unfortunately has avoided any films that had any artistic merit, or looked to be good in any way (e.g. Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight among others). The romantic comedy is the type of genre of film that I also usually stay away from. I often find that they have the same repeated and clichéd type of formulas and it is the case where if you have seen one, you have seen them all. Of course there are certainly exceptions to this rule and there have been enough romantic comedies, or films that have dealt with romance, or love in a quirky, or unique way that I have really liked (Punch Drunk Love, or Buffalo 66 are some more recent examples of some of my favourites). For me, The F Word did everything right and I ended up liking the film a lot, maybe even more than I thought I would. I have not seen Daniel Radcliffe in any films following his post Harry Potter career, and to be honest I only saw one of the Harry Potter films and they weren't particularly my thing. I found however, that he was really good in this film and it's nice to see that he has a grown up career and is not just typecast in the boy wizard type of role (the upcoming 'Horns' also looks particularly interesting to me as well). In fact all the performances in this film were excellent. Some of the actors (Radcliffe, Kazan and Driver) I was familiar with, but others not so much, and I still felt they all did a terrific job here. The film is heavy on dialogue at times, but is a very playful and fun film, so those who might avoid a film such as Before Sunrise, or Sunset (while we were mentioning Linklater), because they would find it boring, would probably get a lot more out of The F Word. The film is an intelligent and original romantic comedy, that I think has achieved the task of appealing to fans who like mainstream movie fare, but also those who skip it, like I normally would have. The characters here are intelligent and pleasant people to watch and as the film goes on we get to like them because they are your average everyday characters (especially like most 20 or 30 somethings) and we can relate, care and grow attached to them as well as probably relate in certain aspects with what they are going through, or the complicated issue of dating and relationships. The dialogue is smart and funny featuring at times some crude humour for laughs, but also giving us further insight into the minds, thoughts and lives of these characters and as the film goes on, there is much more to this story and the characters than at first glance, or what we may first perceive by the film's trailers, or the first little bit of the film itself. There were some moments in this film that appear to be familiar enough in the romantic comedy universe, but I did not mind that because I found it such a joy to be around these characters, listen to them and spend an evening watching them in the cinemas. They are a lot more interesting and intelligent than your usual cardboard caricatures of young men and women in mainstream romance films. The film has an excellent pace to it and goes by with capturing your interest from the start and keeping you entertained with story and substance for your money's worth. The screenplay which is based on a play was extremely well written with well developed characters that I liked, found relatable and just enjoyed watching as well as having sharp dialogue that at times was revealing and almost relatable to the zeitgeist going on today. I have met characters like these and they so reminded me of people in that age range and at this current time and atmosphere. The chemistry between Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, was also very impressive because both deliver great performances, but they are genuinely interesting, pleasant and normal people that we can connect with because they are not superficial, or stereotypical Hollywood creations, but just average joes like you and me. I found so much to like in The F Word, with it's writing, performances and just plain entertainment value and I am so glad that my theatre took a chance on a smaller film like this and decided to show it on the big screen and as I have not been to the theatres since late May, it was a welcome return and a pleasant change to get a film of this calibre late in the Summer like this. For fans of romantic comedies, or even if they are not normally your type of thing, this is still a must see if it is playing anywhere near you.

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