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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
Romantic comedy flick about a medical school dropout who falls in love with his best friend, who already has a boyfriend. The film is also called 'THE F WORD' (everywhere except in the US and UK), and I'm assuming the 'F word' in this case is friend. It was directed by Michael Dowse; who's also directed other indie comedy flicks like 'GOON', 'TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT' and 'FUBAR'. It was written by Elan Mastai and based on the play 'Toothpaste and Cigars', by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi. The movie stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, as it's two leads, and costars Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park and Rafe Spall. I found it to be just funny and moving enough, to forget all it's clichés and unoriginality.
Radcliffe plays Wallace and Kazan plays Chantry. Wallace recently dropped out of med school and is suffering from yet another bad breakup. Chantry is an animator he meets at a party. The two instantly hit it off but as Wallace is asking her for her phone number he finds out she has a longtime boyfriend, named Ben (Spall). The two become really good friends and end up spending a lot of time together, while Wallace continues to develop stronger and stronger feelings for her.
I've definitely had a lot of crushes on a lot of girls with boyfriends, so this is definitely a film I can relate to. I can't especially relate to either Wallace or Chantry though and found some of the situations, they end up in, to be pretty annoying and unbelievable. It does kind of play out like a routine romantic comedy flick but it does have plenty of witty and clever dialogue (sometimes too much) and it's pretty emotional at times as well. I definitely don't think the movie is as cool or hip as it wants to be but it's still a better than average rom-com.
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