‘The F Word’ or ‘What If’ in America and the UK, is different kind of romantic comedy that stars Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. Taking place in my hometown of Toronto, Canada, the film centers around an English, former medical student who resides in Toronto, named Wallace. During the opening scene of the film, Wallace is introduced to Chantry (Zoe Kazan) by her cousin (Adam Driver) who is the friend and former college roommate of Wallace. The two hit it off right away but the only problem is, she has a boyfriend.

The positives. The “will they/wont they” theme plays well throughout the film. The scenes between Radcliffe and Kazan are mostly dialogue-driven but feel very natural. The chemistry between these two young actors is great and Adam Driver’s performance was definitely scene-stealing. I really enjoyed about 90% of this film. It has a great story and the writing and acting were captivating. However, I was tremendously disappointed by the unrealistic ending of the film.

What was set up as a different and unconventional romantic comedy during the first 90% of the film, quickly unraveled into cliché during the last 10-15 minutes. The run time for this film is a perfect 1 hour and 40 minutes and I enjoyed about an hour and 25 minutes of it. Still, not bad by any means.

SPOILER ALERT: If you’re planning to see this film and don’t want to know how it ends, please stop reading and continue on with the very last paragraph of this post.

***I can’t believe Wallace and Chantry ended up getting married. Please! I might be one of those cynics the movie was talking about but this was totally unreal. I have been friend zoned and fallen for woman with boyfriends on multiple occasions, to the point where if I meet a young woman who is single and likes me, my response is “Really? Why?” In fact, I expect to get friend zoned and/or find the woman of my dreams being in a relationship or already married. I just can’t see Wallace being able to get out of the friend zone, little own marrying Chantry. While I thought I was in for something different, like “Up in the Air”, a film I didn’t like but at least the main characters didn’t get together, ‘The F Word’ should have played it out like that. I would have preferred it and put it up there as one of my favourite films of the year.***


While ‘The F Word’ is not a bad film, it’s also not that great and I was disappointed by the unrealistic ending that could have played out so much better. I give ‘The F Word’ or ‘What If’ a 7/10.