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‘What If’ Trailer: Daniel Radcliffe Does A Romantic Comedy

What If, previously titled The F Word (‘F’ as in Friend), is a romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan and directed by Michael Dowse (Goon, Fubar: Balls to the Wall).

Med school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is a hopeless romantic who’s been repeatedly burned, first by his parents in a traumatic divorce, then by his cheating ex. He’s put his life on hold, until he meets animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan) — who, unfortunately, is already in a relationship. Ignoring their attraction, the pair decide to remain friends, which turns out to be far more difficult than they imagined.

What If premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year to critical acclaim.

The premise is simple and inoffensive, with film critic Scott Tobias writing that What If “rides on the quality of the banter (by Elan Mastai, based on Michael Rinaldi’s play), which is adorably caffeinated and witty; the chemistry between Radcliffe and Kazan, which is strong; and Dowse’s smart direction, which sustains a bright tone.” [The Dissolve]

What If also stars Megan Park, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, and Rafe Spall. It will get a limited release in theaters on August 1, 2014.