'What If' Trailer Celebrates the Romantic Comedy

PHOTO: A scene from the movie, "What If."
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If the recently debuted trailer for "What If" is any indication, the much-maligned romantic comedy is back and it's determined to win America's heart this summer. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver as Radcliffe's whacky best friend, "What If" ponders whether men and women can really be friends in the 21st century.

While we'll have to wait until Aug. 1, 2014, to find out for sure, we'd be willing to place our bets. After all, the trailer is an homage to a fabulously formulaic genre. Boasting a kicky soundtrack, a healthy dose of physical comedy, and lots of adorable lip biting, "What If" celebrates the kind of rom-com cliches that make movie magic.

"What If," you had us at hello.

We break down what happens When Wallace Meets Chantry, below.

PHOTO: A scene from the movie, "What If."
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1.
"Love Is Stupid"

The trailer finds a forlorn Radcliffe spelling out "Love Is Stupid" in fridge magnets as people mingle behind him. Crowded, slightly out-of-focus party? Check. Lonely boy? Double check.

PHOTO: A scene from the movie, "What If."
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2.
Boy Meets Girl

Wallace and Chantry "meet-cute" and proceed to play a competitive game of ping pong. Wallace is cynical. Chantry is vulnerable, but sassy! They are "meant 2 b."

PHOTO: A scene from the movie, "What If."
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3.
Will They or Won't They

Chantry tells Wallace that she has a boyfriend and suggests that they stay pals. Shenanigans and heartache ensues. They take long walks and make sweeping generalizations about love. They share Japanese food. Wallace inexplicably sticks his tongue out at Chantry. This says: "I am damaged, but exceedingly lovable!" We cheer!

PHOTO: A scene from the movie, "What If."
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4.
The Million-Dollar Question

A Julia Stiles-like blonde asks Wallace: "Can men and women really be friends ... or do you secretly want to bang Chantry?" Spoiler alert: He does.

PHOTO: A scene from the movie, "What If."
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5.
The Downpour

Wallace and Chantry share an umbrella in the rain.

PHOTO: A scene from the movie, "What If."
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6.
Tasteful Nudity

Then they exchange meaningful eye contact in a cramped dressing room. Chantry is almost naked.

PHOTO: A scene from the movie, "What If."
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7.
The Trans-Atlantic/Trans-Pacific Job Offer

After Chantry fitfully declares that she doesn't know what she wants, she announces: "I've been offered a job in Taiwan. I'll be gone soon." Against the backdrop of suddenly haunting music, the camera cuts to a scene of her plane taking off.

PHOTO: A scene from the movie, "What If."
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8.
Chasing the Girl. Literally.

Wallace runs through the streets. But does he run all the way to Taiwan? This is not clear. Somewhere Billy Crystal is, like, "Whatever, dude!"

PHOTO: A scene from the movie, "What If."
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9.
And Now, a Toast

Finally, Wallace gazes at a wide-eyed Chantry as he delivers a generic wedding toast that has absolutely nothing to do with the bride and groom. "It's very easy to be cynical about love until you've had that instant connection," says Radcliffe. "If you're lucky it happens once in a lifetime." Chantry clutches a glass of pinot noir. Tears are now silently streaming down our cheeks.

PHOTO: A scene from the movie, "What If."
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10.
Laugh It Off

And lest you forget that "What If" is a comedy, Adam Driver is on hand to remind you. These near perfect 194 seconds conclude with a crude anecdote, some quippy banter, and a whiff of bromance.

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