Director: Michael Dowse
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Rafe Spall, Adam Driver, Megan Park, Oona Chaplin, Jemima Rooper, Meghan Heffern
Release date: To be determined
Rom-com filmmakers better bring their A-games this year. If not, Canadian filmmaker Michael Dowse's (Goon) The F Word is going to have an easy road to eventually being crowned 2014's best romantic comedy. It's that good.
A highlight at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, The F Word stars Daniel Radcliffe—giving his best post-Harry Potter performance yet—as Wallace, a nice, love-sick guy who befriends the charming Chantry (Zoe Kazan), immediately finds himself in the ever-dreaded "friend zone," and can't help but develop strong feelings for her, even though she has a financially successful boyfriend (Rafe Spall). It's a familiar set-up that's played unconventionally, zigging toward the not-so-obvious payoffs when you expect it to zag into twee-ness.
The main reason why The F Word works so well, though, is the chemistry between Radcliffe and Kazan, two instantly likable leads whose authentic and quirky rapport sets Dowse's film apart from the typical lameness of traditional rom-coms. —Matt Barone