Ten must see rom-coms for ‘What If’ fans

11:00 am EDT, August 9, 2014

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What If might be the modern day When Harry Met Sally, but that isn’t the only film this new rom-com reminds us of.

What If stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in a new type of romantic comedy. Radcliffe plays Wallace, who meets Kazan’s Chantry at a party and falls for her – only to discover that she has a boyfriend. They decide to be friends, and to try and navigate the so-called “friend zone.”

The reintroduction of this When Harry Met Sally dynamic has reminded us just how much we love the friends-to-lovers trope that features in so many of our favourite films. This trope manifests in various ways, from a strict progression from friends to lovers, and in more recent films, as a friends with benefits situation. The ten films below are some of our favourite examples of this scenario. Tell us in the comments what your favourite friends-to-lovers film is.

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Hypable interviewed What If stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in time for the premiere. It turns out that Radcliffe and Kazan are just as interested in discussing their new take on the romantic comedy genre as we are. You can watch our exclusive What If interview to hear their take on it.

What If premiered yesterday in the United States. The film is being released as The F Word in some countries, but was renamed for the USA and U.K. markets. The film is based on the play Toothpaste and Cigars by T. J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi’s.

‘What If’ is in cinemas now in the United States.

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