Daniel Radcliffe‘s indie run continues. His post-Potter career, being so young, has yet to really “kick off,” but the former franchise center quickly attached himself to smaller, more esoteric projects than many would expect — thus far, as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, in the (potentially) creepy horror outing known as Horns, and, now, The F Word.
Variety reports that he and Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) will star in the romantic comedy, which Michael Dowse will make his follow-up to this year’s acclaimed Goon. (No Trace Camping are reuniting with him to produce.) The title refers to “the friend zone” — i.e., when one-half of a platonic friendship would like to swap that descriptor with “romantic” — and The F Word centers on a young fellow who attempts to be “the first male to have a successfully platonic relationship with a girl he likes (Kazan).” Using both “the best intentions and a little denial,” the both of them make their own attempts to keep things non-sexual.
Elan Mastai (The Samaritan), in writing the Black List screenplay, has adapted T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi‘s play, Toothpaste and Cigars. One gets the impression it’ll lead to a softer and smaller sort of outing, but I don’t know what you’d want from The F Word in the first place. And, familiar parameters of the logline notwithstanding, I’d be up for seeing Radcliffe and Kazan bounce the dialogue off one another with a sort of rapport I already have some high (albeit unfulfilled) hopes for. (Praise for the scenes between Seann William Scott and Alison Pill in Goon should be considered in tandem with the film.) The F Word, as a whole, really sounds like it could be far above your standard modern romantic comedy.
Is a cinematic coupling of Radcliffe and Kazan enough to make The F Word promising?
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