(500) Days of Summer

>> Saturday, October 24, 2009

So this was the movie everyone was talking about earlier this year. Well worth it.

I managed to catch it at the $3 theater. Yeah, the print quality has gone down a bit, but it makes me feel nostalgic for twenty years ago or so when people would go see a movie they liked ten or more times instead of just waiting for it to be released on dvd.

This has to be one of the more sane romantic comedies in recent memory. No one doing weird shit with vibrating underwear. Or super-ridiculous. Just the ups and downs of falling in and out of love with someone.

Narrator: This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie 'The Graduate'. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent's marriage she'd only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for. This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.
No, it's a love story. A very witty one though.
Author's Note: The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Especially you Jenny Beckman.

Who can't relate to this sentiment? I mean, your brain can totally understand that there are other fish in the sea, but that doesn't mean your heart can.

When I saw Minka Kelly's name in the opening credits, I kept looking for her to appear. And then she didn't. And then I figured where she was going to appear after Summer & Tom's last park bench conversation. Wasn't counting on that name though.

Watching the end credits, I was surprised to see Patrick Swayze's name listed as writing and performing so many of the songs in the film. More than what was listed in the soundtrack listing on imdb.


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