It’s pretty tough to find a romantic comedy that doesn’t disappoint audiences with a typical plotline and B-list actors, but The F Word succeeded in putting a fresh twist on an old genre.

The film focusses on the friendship between Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan) and deals with the age-old question of whether or not guys and girls can be “just friends”. It begins with Wallace, a med school dropout, sitting on the roof of his sister’s home (where he currently lives) as he deletes a message from his ex-girlfriend almost a year after she cheated on him. He attends a party with his friend (Adam Driver) where he meets the lovely—but taken—Chantry. They agree to be friends, but this proves more difficult than either one of them thought it would be.

What’s great about this film—besides its cute humour and good cast—is that The F Word shows the reality of having crushes on your taken friends and whether it’s unethical to keep in contact with them if you want to date them. Straying away from the typical rom com plot in which they admit their love for one another with some grand gesture in the last 20 minutes of the movie, this flick is relatable. Pretty much anyone our age can understand exactly where the characters are coming from.

Radcliffe and Kazan are absolutely wonderful together. Both actors are funny and down to earth off-screen and are all the more loveable on it. Seeing two very similar people who share a stifled love for one another also makes the story all the more painful (but lovely to watch).

The F Word is a definite date flick, but is also just a great little movie if you appreciate cute cinema. MMM 1/2

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