TORONTO — I really like the way
The “F,” by the way, stands for "friends," and the friend, the central one, is portrayed by
The movie is directed by Michael Dowse, a cheeky Canadian who brings a lot of bite to his comedies, and isn't shy with saucy language. "The F Word" is the best, and sweetest, of the filmmaker's work yet. Though I admit I haven't made it to "Fubar: Balls to the Wall," but somehow I don't think that would be the one to tip the balance.
Set in Toronto, which really is a beautiful backdrop with its architectural mix of old and new used to excellent effect here, the movie follows a couple who meet at a party and the friendship that follows. Though there is a boyfriend (Rafe Spall), the friendship question is the real complicating factor, because they do, as the word implies, really like each other. A lot.
Kazan gets the better name – Chantry – while Radcliffe is relegated to Wallace. Wallace?
Both get lots of zippy lines thanks to
And speaking of "Girls," Adam Driver is Wallace's best guy friend. I don't think anyone's doing narcissism better than Driver these days, and we get a nice variation on the subject here.
Kazan and Radcliffe are a good pairing — she's so loose in her delivery, he's so precise. Together they make Chantry and Wallace so charming working through the friction that you almost don't care whether they ever become more than friends.