As a genre, the romantic comedy has been coasting on fumes for several years. Its last really big box-office hit was Hitch, and that premiered in 2005. What was the last rom-com that you loved enough to see twice? Mine was Knocked Up — which came out seven years ago.
But despite the genre’s recent, sluggish track record, maybe Hollywood should stop trying to reinvent the wheel and instead double down on old-school convention. That seems to be the course of What If, a throwback to the likes of When Harry Met Sally that stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Girl has a boyfriend. Boy and girl become friends. Boy pushes boyfriend out window. You know the rest.
There is something sweet about What If, which screened at the Toronto Film Festival last fall when it was still titled The F Word. Are you willing to risk a blind date on it?
Watch the trailer below.
I like Kazan, but this movie might make $100 million if it starred Emma Watson, yes?
What If opens Aug. 1