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UNpopular Opinion: 500 Days of Summer

Jun. 9, 2011by: Alex Keen

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THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

As you may have seen in my previous three unpopular opinions, I like some bad movies and loathe some good movies. I think this tendency is within us all; but, for some reason, I am more susceptible than the rest of the world. Thats what leads me to yet another of these columns. This time around, Im a hater of (500) DAYS OF SUMMER.

Lets get this out of the way, I do enjoy romantic comedies. Before I start tearing (500) DAYS OF SUMMER down I want to specify that I am a fan of romantic comedies. I enjoy indie romantic comedies like BEFORE SUNSET and mainstream ones like 27 DRESSES (even despite my outright hatred of Katherine Heigl). Im secure enough in my masculinity to watch movies with romance at its core. With that said, I have some serious complaints to share.

My first big complaint about (500) DAYS OF SUMMER is that Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a mope. Using a mopey protagonist with no backbone is one of my least favorite movie cliches. Then, placing him in the center of romantic comedy is just a never-ending journey into discomfort. Id much rather have the stereotypical smarmy douche-bag character type usually played by George Clooney (ONE FINE DAY) or Gerard Butler (THE UGLY TRUTH) than the mopey, frumpy, sad, and pathetic slacker that was Joseph Gordon Levitt in this movie. It feels forced and unfulfilling to have a guy literally and figuratively moping around.

My second complaint is all about Zooey. While I agree that Zooey Deschanel is hot, it does not make up for her performance. The forced indie-ness of this movie appears to have required Ms. Zooey to try too hard to be quirky. I was more annoyed by her and her character than I was attracted to her. For me, a romantic comedy should seduce me to like both of the characters. I want to fall in love with them (get it?). Instead, I was stuck with a backbone-less guy and a girl trying to hard to be a hipster.

Beyond the performances, I have some major gripes about the actual construct of the film. Everything about this movie feels far too artificial. Straightforward minimalism would have worked just fine. Instead, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER spends too much time on over stimulation. Sure, a bit of spontaneity is fun. However, in a movie so heavily focused on character, like this one, leave the spontaneity to the performances. An explosive dramatic conversation means so much more than a goofy song and dance routine with Hall & Oates. Explosive characters develop depth and cause friction that a mini-music video can only dream of.

Another major distraction is the the old school palette used in the cinematography. Its just plain obnoxious. It was like watching the movie through translucent wood-panelled glasses.

Finally, the stoooopid narration tries too hard to make this movie out to be some kind of fairytale. Better romantic comedies (indie and otherwise) have shown that typically less is more in stories that have intense dramatic situations. While the narration is playful it is ineffective and eventually forgettable.

This gets me to the end. While I feel okay about the ultimate thematic conclusion of this movie (boy learns big lesson from the girl that destroyed his heart - fate and true love have been restored), it is the corny game of name association that left me with the biggest eye-roll of all time. Jesus, did she really need to be named Autumn? This kind of play on words just seems so easy; so corny; so Twin Valley High.

Furthermore, I apologize in advance for my jadedness, but the whole final scene is just bullshit. Autumn just happened to hang out at Toms favorite and he never saw her there? This was practically a deserted park. Trust me, if Minka Kelly just happened to show up at the same spot that you adored youd definitely notice. Hell youd notice of Clint Howard hung out in the same spot twice in a row. The fact that Tom didnt see her is just crazy talk.

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER tried really hard to be unique and to say something profound about relationships. For me it just wound up trying to hard by focusing on Gordon Levitts mopishness, Deschanels forced quirkiness, and the corniest of all possible endings. It is okay if you disagree with me as long as you realize that this movie is not as clever as you think it is

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10:04AM on 06/09/2011
I believe you lost me at "I like 27 Dresses"
I believe you lost me at "I like 27 Dresses"
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10:05AM on 06/09/2011

Finally!

100% agree on every single complaint. Thank you Mr. Keen!
100% agree on every single complaint. Thank you Mr. Keen!
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10:14AM on 06/09/2011
I love this movie. It just works for me, what can I say? However, when you say, "It is okay if you disagree with me as long as you realize that this movie is not as clever as you think it is"--isn't that kind of, well, dickish? It's okay if people disagree with you no matter what. That's kind of the point in an opinion.

But hey, to each his own.
I love this movie. It just works for me, what can I say? However, when you say, "It is okay if you disagree with me as long as you realize that this movie is not as clever as you think it is"--isn't that kind of, well, dickish? It's okay if people disagree with you no matter what. That's kind of the point in an opinion.

But hey, to each his own.
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10:18AM on 06/09/2011
I'm ok with you holding an opinion different than my own on anything. I personally love this movie. However, your final comment of "It is okay if you disagree with me as long as you realize that this movie is not as clever as you think it is" moves away from an opinion and is unfair. You ask people to respect your thoughts on a movie, but you basically tell them they are wrong if they think that a movie such as this is clever.
I'm ok with you holding an opinion different than my own on anything. I personally love this movie. However, your final comment of "It is okay if you disagree with me as long as you realize that this movie is not as clever as you think it is" moves away from an opinion and is unfair. You ask people to respect your thoughts on a movie, but you basically tell them they are wrong if they think that a movie such as this is clever.
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7:16PM on 06/12/2011
That's a little different though. You're not telling someone that their way is wrong. I would feel the same way if someone said "You're an idiot for not liking Inception". I personally love it, but I wouldn't think it right or fair to tell someone that they are wrong for disliking it.
That's a little different though. You're not telling someone that their way is wrong. I would feel the same way if someone said "You're an idiot for not liking Inception". I personally love it, but I wouldn't think it right or fair to tell someone that they are wrong for disliking it.
10:46AM on 06/10/2011
That's right, HE'S SAYING... he can say you're dumb for liking it just as someone might say you're dumb if you voted for McCain/Palin. Does that mean you're dumb? I hope not, but again it would just be that persons opinion. Flip it around, if someone would say "You're awesome because you loved INCEPTION"... you probably wouldn't bat an eyelash at that remark.
That's right, HE'S SAYING... he can say you're dumb for liking it just as someone might say you're dumb if you voted for McCain/Palin. Does that mean you're dumb? I hope not, but again it would just be that persons opinion. Flip it around, if someone would say "You're awesome because you loved INCEPTION"... you probably wouldn't bat an eyelash at that remark.
6:32PM on 06/09/2011
Really? He's outright saying that anyone that thinks it's a unique film is wrong instead of phrasing it as "I don't think it's clever", he basically said "It's not clever and you're dumb if you think it is."
Really? He's outright saying that anyone that thinks it's a unique film is wrong instead of phrasing it as "I don't think it's clever", he basically said "It's not clever and you're dumb if you think it is."
10:20AM on 06/09/2011
...which is still just his opinion, so where's the problem?
...which is still just his opinion, so where's the problem?
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10:20AM on 06/09/2011
Well, I can respect your opinion, and can also agree on some points (the forced quirkiness...which didn't irk me nearly as bad as you)I gotta say that this was a really important film in my life. Yes, JGL is a mope, but half the point of the movie is about him getting over Summer. It's helped me (and ironically the girl who recommended it to me) through past relationship trauma, and is my favorite romance. But hey, that's just my 2 cents!
Well, I can respect your opinion, and can also agree on some points (the forced quirkiness...which didn't irk me nearly as bad as you)I gotta say that this was a really important film in my life. Yes, JGL is a mope, but half the point of the movie is about him getting over Summer. It's helped me (and ironically the girl who recommended it to me) through past relationship trauma, and is my favorite romance. But hey, that's just my 2 cents!
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10:24AM on 06/09/2011
I enjoy this column since I often think certain popular movies are very overrated. However, in this case, I really enjoyed 500 Days of Summer, it's a netflix 4/5 in my opinion. I'm someone who HATES romantic comedies. Usually, they follow the typical cliche's of an uptight high powered working woman falling for a complete asshole who treats her like shit for the entire movie. The end. However, in 500 Days of Summer, these stereotypes aren't present. And there's further originality by
I enjoy this column since I often think certain popular movies are very overrated. However, in this case, I really enjoyed 500 Days of Summer, it's a netflix 4/5 in my opinion. I'm someone who HATES romantic comedies. Usually, they follow the typical cliche's of an uptight high powered working woman falling for a complete asshole who treats her like shit for the entire movie. The end. However, in 500 Days of Summer, these stereotypes aren't present. And there's further originality by switching the roles often associated with both genders. JGL is the one in love and the girl just wants to be friends in a non-serious no strings attached relationship. I thought that worked really well and that JGL gave one of his best performances in this movie. The only scene I feel to be forced is the one at the end when he meets Minka Kelly. That was utter contrivance from her name, Autumn, to the way she looked (no way was she going for a job interiew as an architect, she looked like she just stepped off a catwalk). Plus, their interaction felt very artificial. However, the rest of the movie is highly enjoyable in my opinion. I would say that this and Adam (starring the very talented Rose Byrne) are the two best romantic comedies in recent years.
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10:27AM on 06/09/2011
I really did not like this film ... I mean I really wanted to just throw the DVD in the garbage. I think our opinions differ on why we didn't like it. But all the same, I felt this wasn't good and Summer was the type of character that should burn in hell.
I really did not like this film ... I mean I really wanted to just throw the DVD in the garbage. I think our opinions differ on why we didn't like it. But all the same, I felt this wasn't good and Summer was the type of character that should burn in hell.
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12:19PM on 06/09/2011
thank you! I would laugh as she burned too
thank you! I would laugh as she burned too
10:28AM on 06/09/2011
strongly disliked this movie.
strongly disliked this movie.
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10:29AM on 06/09/2011
Yeah, you lost me at 27 Dresses. You fail to acknowledge the difference between male-oriented rom coms and chick flicks. Chick flicks tend to be about fantasy fulfillment, getting everything they always wanted. The ones us guys admit enjoying, like Annie Hall, Knocked Up, High Fidelity...tend to be about realism, compromise, acceptance, and our own failings. Losing the fantasy relationship, and learning to appreciate another human being. In that respect, 500 Days of Summer covers ground
Yeah, you lost me at 27 Dresses. You fail to acknowledge the difference between male-oriented rom coms and chick flicks. Chick flicks tend to be about fantasy fulfillment, getting everything they always wanted. The ones us guys admit enjoying, like Annie Hall, Knocked Up, High Fidelity...tend to be about realism, compromise, acceptance, and our own failings. Losing the fantasy relationship, and learning to appreciate another human being. In that respect, 500 Days of Summer covers ground thats already been tread. So its not as clever as some make it out to be (the ending is more than a bit self-contradicting), but its still a very well-made, funny, relatable and charming entry to the genre.

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10:34AM on 06/09/2011

Not unpopular at all

I don't know anyone who truly liked this movie, and I didn't either. Felt it was forced and contrived. If another movie makes The Smiths a love link between two people I'm going to loose it. Just because someone else likes the same band you do, doesn't mean you're soul mates, unless of course your 14. I agree about the ending as well.
I don't know anyone who truly liked this movie, and I didn't either. Felt it was forced and contrived. If another movie makes The Smiths a love link between two people I'm going to loose it. Just because someone else likes the same band you do, doesn't mean you're soul mates, unless of course your 14. I agree about the ending as well.
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7:40PM on 06/09/2011
I would give TarantinoDork a thumbs up if it were possible.
I would give TarantinoDork a thumbs up if it were possible.
6:37PM on 06/09/2011
Gotta agree with TarantinoDork. The point is that they liked the same obscure band, but that didn't mean they were soul mates. The whole point of the movie is that sometimes we may think that we have found the perfect person, but the surface similarities mean nothing once we discover the deeper aspects of compatibility.
Gotta agree with TarantinoDork. The point is that they liked the same obscure band, but that didn't mean they were soul mates. The whole point of the movie is that sometimes we may think that we have found the perfect person, but the surface similarities mean nothing once we discover the deeper aspects of compatibility.
11:11AM on 06/09/2011
Dude, the movie actually makes fun of the whole 'we like the same band' thing. His sister, played by Chloe Moretz, tells him that point blank. The whole point of the movie is that Zooey and JGL weren't meant for each other in the least.
Dude, the movie actually makes fun of the whole 'we like the same band' thing. His sister, played by Chloe Moretz, tells him that point blank. The whole point of the movie is that Zooey and JGL weren't meant for each other in the least.
10:45AM on 06/09/2011

I'm in total agreement...

Maybe it was the over-hyping of the film but I watched it a couple months ago and I really didn't get what all the fuss was about. It was good but nothing special.
Maybe it was the over-hyping of the film but I watched it a couple months ago and I really didn't get what all the fuss was about. It was good but nothing special.
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10:48AM on 06/09/2011
I had a number of problems with this movie and it all basically boils down to this movie trying too hard to be unique. JGL character was probably one of the most boring chacters in the history of cinima, the whole movie I just wanted to scream a the tv "FOR FUCK SAKE GROW A PAIR OF NUTS, DUDE!" I understand that breaking up with a person you love is hard and this movie showed that effectively well, but when you got a character crying under the blankets for a third of the movie then you got the
I had a number of problems with this movie and it all basically boils down to this movie trying too hard to be unique. JGL character was probably one of the most boring chacters in the history of cinima, the whole movie I just wanted to scream a the tv "FOR FUCK SAKE GROW A PAIR OF NUTS, DUDE!" I understand that breaking up with a person you love is hard and this movie showed that effectively well, but when you got a character crying under the blankets for a third of the movie then you got the makings of a boring flick. Zoey pretty much played the same character again for the billionth time and so I gained no interest in her character as a whole because I seen it before in yes man, almost famous, gigantic, hell, even in Surfs Up. Moving on, his sisters character felt forced to me, that was one of them quirky things that I felt was too much. The ten year old mini psychiatrist who is allowed to ride her bike through the hood of LA at eleven o'clock at night to comfort her heart broken brother. There were more things that bothered me about this flick but I can't remember them all right now. I can easily why this movie won best picture at the hipster awards, but for me it just wasn't my particular brand of whiskey.
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10:51AM on 06/09/2011
This movie was a pretentious piece of shit.
This movie was a pretentious piece of shit.
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10:54AM on 06/09/2011
Also, I'm with the consensus that the final line of "It is okay if you disagree with me as long as you realize that this movie is not as clever as you think it is" is complete bullshit. You don't like it. That's fine. But you just come off as an immature brat when you say things like that and completely nullify your column.
Also, I'm with the consensus that the final line of "It is okay if you disagree with me as long as you realize that this movie is not as clever as you think it is" is complete bullshit. You don't like it. That's fine. But you just come off as an immature brat when you say things like that and completely nullify your column.
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11:23AM on 06/09/2011
Enjoy this column. With that said I strongly disagree. 500 Days is a simple, well made, well acted, and above all, entertaining Rom Com. We dont get those very often nowadays.
Enjoy this column. With that said I strongly disagree. 500 Days is a simple, well made, well acted, and above all, entertaining Rom Com. We dont get those very often nowadays.
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11:26AM on 06/09/2011
"Id much rather have the stereotypical smarmy douche-bag character type usually played by George Clooney (ONE FINE DAY) or Gerard Butler (THE UGLY TRUTH) than the mopey, frumpy, sad, and pathetic slacker that was Joseph Gordon Levitt in this movie."

OK. But I think what makes this movie stand out from the pack of garbage romantic comedies is that the male character is not some douche jerk that is eventually won over by the girl after she gets wasted and opens up his cold heart (which
"Id much rather have the stereotypical smarmy douche-bag character type usually played by George Clooney (ONE FINE DAY) or Gerard Butler (THE UGLY TRUTH) than the mopey, frumpy, sad, and pathetic slacker that was Joseph Gordon Levitt in this movie."

OK. But I think what makes this movie stand out from the pack of garbage romantic comedies is that the male character is not some douche jerk that is eventually won over by the girl after she gets wasted and opens up his cold heart (which basically doesn't happen in real life). It's about a kid who is in way over his head in a relationship with a girl who doesn't want the same things out of life. And no matter how much he tries to convince himself that it can work... we the viewers know it can't. The scene where you watch his idealized version of going to her party side-by-side with what actually happens is heartbreaking, because EVERYBODY has had a night like that, and those nights are brutal.

There isn't a single moment in your typical Kate Hudson / Katherine Heigl romantic comedy (Knocked Up aside) that I can relate to. Those movies are absurd. This one, while it might go a little over the top with the hipster tendencies, at the very least comes from something honest. And that makes it worthwhile. Sorry you missed that. Go back to watching 27 Dresses if you're so inclined.
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11:28AM on 06/09/2011

Wow

Liked 500 Days Of Summer, disagree with the poster's viewpoint completely. Personally, I think smarmy/douchebag male protagonists are exactly the type of storytelling element that detract from 98% of the romantic comedies out there.
Liked 500 Days Of Summer, disagree with the poster's viewpoint completely. Personally, I think smarmy/douchebag male protagonists are exactly the type of storytelling element that detract from 98% of the romantic comedies out there.
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11:30AM on 06/09/2011
Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are the best romance films. They seem so natural and real. They are simply wonderful!
Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are the best romance films. They seem so natural and real. They are simply wonderful!
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11:41AM on 06/09/2011

I love JGL...

JGL is a great actor and while I normally enjoy everything he is in, this movie just was bland to me... I really disliked it. It felt long and drawn out.
JGL is a great actor and while I normally enjoy everything he is in, this movie just was bland to me... I really disliked it. It felt long and drawn out.
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11:45AM on 06/09/2011
I don't like it because I think it's clever. I like it because it's honest.
I don't like it because I think it's clever. I like it because it's honest.
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11:53AM on 06/09/2011
It's an OK movie, nothing great. It had some great moments and some stupid ones.
It's an OK movie, nothing great. It had some great moments and some stupid ones.
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11:55AM on 06/09/2011

Agreed but...

All the points you made were stuff I thought about when I watched it. But, I still really love the movie for trying something different. The movie is like a reversed chick flick, putting the guy in the vulnerable, in over their head spot. But despite its flaws (deschanels character, JGL's mopey slacker with TONS of potential) it doesn't detract from the watchability.
All the points you made were stuff I thought about when I watched it. But, I still really love the movie for trying something different. The movie is like a reversed chick flick, putting the guy in the vulnerable, in over their head spot. But despite its flaws (deschanels character, JGL's mopey slacker with TONS of potential) it doesn't detract from the watchability.
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12:01PM on 06/09/2011

I agree

not a bad movie but nearly a game changer some have made it out to be, I mean its a romantic comedy for gosh sake.
not a bad movie but nearly a game changer some have made it out to be, I mean its a romantic comedy for gosh sake.
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12:11PM on 06/09/2011

Finally

An "Unpopular Opinion" that I actually agree with. I remember everyone jumping up and down about this movie when it came out, but I was completely unimpressed.
An "Unpopular Opinion" that I actually agree with. I remember everyone jumping up and down about this movie when it came out, but I was completely unimpressed.
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12:37PM on 06/09/2011

Meh

I like this review and it points out a lot of things i didn't like about the movie, but i still thought the film was pretty enjoyable. The forced hipster stuff IS pretty intolerable though. I liked it because it reminded me of a less intelligent, but still relatable Nick Hornby story.
I like this review and it points out a lot of things i didn't like about the movie, but i still thought the film was pretty enjoyable. The forced hipster stuff IS pretty intolerable though. I liked it because it reminded me of a less intelligent, but still relatable Nick Hornby story.
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12:39PM on 06/09/2011
The cinematic flourishes weren't there to be "clever", they were story telling devices. Very effective ones, in my opinion. The split-screen reality vs. expectations scene at Summer's party was one of my favorite recent movie scenes. It had a definite purpose that was incredibly relevant to the story being told and the overall theme of the movie.

If you were hoping for 27 Dresses or The Ugly Truth, I'm not surprised you were disappointed.
The cinematic flourishes weren't there to be "clever", they were story telling devices. Very effective ones, in my opinion. The split-screen reality vs. expectations scene at Summer's party was one of my favorite recent movie scenes. It had a definite purpose that was incredibly relevant to the story being told and the overall theme of the movie.

If you were hoping for 27 Dresses or The Ugly Truth, I'm not surprised you were disappointed.
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1:23PM on 06/09/2011
Again, the seasoned relationship advice from his ten year old sister was way too quirky for my taste. The whole time I was waiting for her to say something to him like "maybe you should bring a little kink to the bedroom, ya know? Knock on her back door, see if she answers."

This movie is a prime example of one of those flicks people who claim to be film buffs and say you are a moron for not liking it just because it is "unique." It can be as quirky and pull out all the stops it wants but
Again, the seasoned relationship advice from his ten year old sister was way too quirky for my taste. The whole time I was waiting for her to say something to him like "maybe you should bring a little kink to the bedroom, ya know? Knock on her back door, see if she answers."

This movie is a prime example of one of those flicks people who claim to be film buffs and say you are a moron for not liking it just because it is "unique." It can be as quirky and pull out all the stops it wants but boring story and characters are still exactly that at the end of the day, and that ranges from an indie to a 500 million CG festival
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1:45PM on 06/09/2011

i think...

your first mistake is catergorizing this movie as a romantic comedy. maybe i liked it more than you because i didn't catergorize it all and just went into it fresh which is how anybody should go into a movie if at all possible. i saw it as a more of a drama with just some funny/quirky moments.

yes, the flick had its flaw, the youger sister/yoda relationship guru being one but it wasn't that bad. ceratinly better that 27 dresses bullshit.

your first mistake is catergorizing this movie as a romantic comedy. maybe i liked it more than you because i didn't catergorize it all and just went into it fresh which is how anybody should go into a movie if at all possible. i saw it as a more of a drama with just some funny/quirky moments.

yes, the flick had its flaw, the youger sister/yoda relationship guru being one but it wasn't that bad. ceratinly better that 27 dresses bullshit.

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2:41PM on 06/09/2011
Haven't agreed with this column for a long time but I agree with most of the points about 500 days of Summer. JGL can do much better.
Haven't agreed with this column for a long time but I agree with most of the points about 500 days of Summer. JGL can do much better.
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2:56PM on 06/09/2011

The Unpopular Opinion works better when

the writer spends more than 5 minutes spilling it down.

"It is okay if you disagree with me as long as you realize that this movie is not as clever as you think it is" In other words, it's OK to disagree with me, as long as you actually just agree with me. GREAT conclusion. I thought this sounded like a good premise; there's a lot to criticise about Summer, imo. But if you're going to challenge the majority, at least give that challenge the respect it deserves. This is garbage.
the writer spends more than 5 minutes spilling it down.

"It is okay if you disagree with me as long as you realize that this movie is not as clever as you think it is" In other words, it's OK to disagree with me, as long as you actually just agree with me. GREAT conclusion. I thought this sounded like a good premise; there's a lot to criticise about Summer, imo. But if you're going to challenge the majority, at least give that challenge the respect it deserves. This is garbage.
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3:13PM on 06/09/2011
But, Zooey is so indie and quirky! What's not to love? I mean, she's just so INDIE!
But, Zooey is so indie and quirky! What's not to love? I mean, she's just so INDIE!
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3:26PM on 06/09/2011

Everyone is entitled to their opinions...

but I don't think it does one's romantic comedy taste any service by admitting that they enjoyed 27 Dresses. That was just awful.

And to say 500 Days of Summer wasn't all that great while 27 Dresses was fun...its just awful.

But then again, that's just my opinion.
but I don't think it does one's romantic comedy taste any service by admitting that they enjoyed 27 Dresses. That was just awful.

And to say 500 Days of Summer wasn't all that great while 27 Dresses was fun...its just awful.

But then again, that's just my opinion.
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4:42PM on 06/09/2011
How do you trust a man who liked "27 Dresses". I also can't believe this site gave "How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days" a five star review in a DVD review.
How do you trust a man who liked "27 Dresses". I also can't believe this site gave "How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days" a five star review in a DVD review.
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4:49PM on 06/09/2011
It looked way too pretentious for me to be interested in watching it. Plus Zooey is a horrible actress.
It looked way too pretentious for me to be interested in watching it. Plus Zooey is a horrible actress.
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4:51PM on 06/09/2011

Well, I liked it.

And I had no idea about the name when I watched it, so I thought the premise and "Autumn" were really good ideas.
And I had no idea about the name when I watched it, so I thought the premise and "Autumn" were really good ideas.
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4:53PM on 06/09/2011
Agree about the movie, don't know how it go so much credit for its originality while being a subpar clone of a Woody Allen/John Cusack flick. The split screen part was cool, though.
Agree about the movie, don't know how it go so much credit for its originality while being a subpar clone of a Woody Allen/John Cusack flick. The split screen part was cool, though.
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5:11PM on 06/09/2011
The only thing I am going to say about the writer is that 27 Dresses is a terrible movie and is not even in the same ballpark as 500 Days. Other than that you are completely entitled to your opinion as I am too mine. 500 Days of Summer happens to be one of my favorite movies ever and I can watch it when ever it is on. I like JGL as the mope and would take him over the cliche annoying douchebag anyday. On top of that I don't think (and this is up for interpretation) you are supposed to fully
The only thing I am going to say about the writer is that 27 Dresses is a terrible movie and is not even in the same ballpark as 500 Days. Other than that you are completely entitled to your opinion as I am too mine. 500 Days of Summer happens to be one of my favorite movies ever and I can watch it when ever it is on. I like JGL as the mope and would take him over the cliche annoying douchebag anyday. On top of that I don't think (and this is up for interpretation) you are supposed to fully like Zooey's character. She is certainly flawed and has commitment issues that leads her to totally use JGL. His infatuation with her causes him to be blind to this fact and therefore he is unable to realize that she is simply not the one. This is something that truly rings true with millions of people. Anybody who has been through a bad break up with a girl, mistaken for 'the one,' could watch this movie and feel what JGL's character is going through.

The sister's quote "Look, I know you think she was the one, but I don't. I think you're just remembering the good stuff. Next time you look back, I, uh, I really think you should look again," is one of the best pieces of knowledge (about relationships) given in any movie. I saw the movie at a weird time in my life and as one could see the story certainly hit home. That is why I absolutely adore this movie.
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5:24PM on 06/09/2011
Nope, can't say I agree with you on this one. Loved this film.
Nope, can't say I agree with you on this one. Loved this film.
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5:45PM on 06/09/2011

Sorry, but....

Romcoms Suck!
Romcoms Suck!
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5:57PM on 06/09/2011
Wake me up when you (or any other guy on this site) actually talks about the MOVIE (you know, if it's a well made movie, meaning cinematography, editing, etc), and not just some subjective opinion about the story or whatever.
why would someone care if you (or any other guy) doesn't personally enjoy a movie or not?
Wake me up when you (or any other guy on this site) actually talks about the MOVIE (you know, if it's a well made movie, meaning cinematography, editing, etc), and not just some subjective opinion about the story or whatever.
why would someone care if you (or any other guy) doesn't personally enjoy a movie or not?
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6:09PM on 06/09/2011

Nope.

It didn't reinvent the wheel or anything but I definitely enjoyed it.
It didn't reinvent the wheel or anything but I definitely enjoyed it.
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6:40PM on 06/09/2011

Romcom

Was this movie even a romcom?
Was this movie even a romcom?
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6:51PM on 06/09/2011
Sorry but to me this is like the defining romantic comedy for guys. JGL doesn't seem mopish at all and to me actually represents more guys in our society than George Clooney does in any of his movies (no disrespect to Clooney). To me he is the typical avg nice guy who knows what he wants and once he finds it he does whatever it is to make it work but then just gets burnt. I have been in similar situations so I guess it was easy for me to relate to but I just feel like this is a romantic comedy
Sorry but to me this is like the defining romantic comedy for guys. JGL doesn't seem mopish at all and to me actually represents more guys in our society than George Clooney does in any of his movies (no disrespect to Clooney). To me he is the typical avg nice guy who knows what he wants and once he finds it he does whatever it is to make it work but then just gets burnt. I have been in similar situations so I guess it was easy for me to relate to but I just feel like this is a romantic comedy made for the avg male that is actually looking for more than a one night stand in women.
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7:13PM on 06/09/2011

too artificial??

this unpopular opinion blog on this website is very stupid. The authors seem to know nothing about film criticism just their stupid thoughts which make no sense. what a bunch of cheese-eating pussyrats!
this unpopular opinion blog on this website is very stupid. The authors seem to know nothing about film criticism just their stupid thoughts which make no sense. what a bunch of cheese-eating pussyrats!
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7:17PM on 06/09/2011

Hrmmm

"The forced indie-ness of this movie appears to have required Ms. Zooey to try too hard to be quirky." Has anyone ever seen her do anything that WASN'T quirky?
"The forced indie-ness of this movie appears to have required Ms. Zooey to try too hard to be quirky." Has anyone ever seen her do anything that WASN'T quirky?
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7:49PM on 06/09/2011
1. As others have said, JGL is closer to the average guy than someone like Gerard Butler. This hits home a little more precisely because it is about the average dude

2. If you think you were supposed to fall in love with both characters, you are missing the point, especially about Deschanel. I'd go more into detail but that would involve significant spoilers. I'll just say - think about where the film goes and you realize what it's really about.

3. In that same vein, if you think this is
1. As others have said, JGL is closer to the average guy than someone like Gerard Butler. This hits home a little more precisely because it is about the average dude

2. If you think you were supposed to fall in love with both characters, you are missing the point, especially about Deschanel. I'd go more into detail but that would involve significant spoilers. I'll just say - think about where the film goes and you realize what it's really about.

3. In that same vein, if you think this is a primarily a romantic comedy...you are missing the point. This as a coming-of-age film, first and foremost. And if you recall right from the beginning, the narrator warns you that this is NOT a love story. Sure seems like you took it as one.

3. I have no idea what you're talking about cinematography-wise. Are you actually implying that the color scheme of the film is obnoxious? If you're going to make such a bizarre statement, you have to back it up with more specifics. Personally, I thought it was well-shot if nothing innovative. The shots of Zooey looking to the camera are gorgeous, as are shots like the one of JGL passing in silhouette past the windows pouring rain outside. At least it's not blandly generic likeI dunno, 27 Dresses?

4. If you think the "song and dance routine" was a random bit of spontaneity...you're missing the point. It's a cute, elegant way to showcase the feelings of the main character at that moment, to get the viewer to feel that sense of anything is possible when (you think) you're in love. It does the job and does it in a VISUALLY dynamic way that makes use of the film medium. It makes every bit of sense to be there and is an interesting way to show that. Instead of this you wantan explosive dramatic conversation? Um, okay. There is a place for that kind of thing but this would certainly not be it. And while I love great dialogue as much as the next person, I don't want all my films to simply be all dialogue. I don't think there's some rule that says "character pieces should NOT have any spontaneous filmic moments in them" though apparently you do. Look, everyone loves the naturalism of Linklater but that doesn't mean every character-centric piece has to follow that path. Might as well turn that piece into a play or a novel at that. I prefer my films to make use of the medium which is both AUDITORY and VISUAL. This is a case where they get their point across in a way only film could. The only thing I've seen from 27 Dresses are the trailers but I'd be willing to bet it has some bad montage with terrible music that's far more pointless than this one.

5. The point about structure is a valid point - not one I necessarily agree with, mind you, but I can understand that point of view. I can also understand how the narrator could be grating.

I get the sense that you're critiquing the film simply based on the fact that it's not quite your typical Hollywood romance. Which is precisely what makes it enjoyable.

I don't think it's some kind of masterpiece but I did think it was a cute little coming-of-age film. There is valid criticism to be had for the film but most of your points are vague attacks without any supporting examples and hard to debate because they're so vague.
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8:25PM on 06/09/2011
As I've said before this column is hard to take seriously with sentence construction like:

"Lets get this out of the way, I do enjoy romantic comedies. Before I start tearing (500) DAYS OF SUMMER down I want to specify that I am a fan of romantic comedies."

Dude, proof read. You're repeating yourself and creating incredibly weak arguments. The writing in 500 days of Summer is like Tolstoy compared to this. I'm not being a hater. I'm serious. Please get someone for this column who can
As I've said before this column is hard to take seriously with sentence construction like:

"Lets get this out of the way, I do enjoy romantic comedies. Before I start tearing (500) DAYS OF SUMMER down I want to specify that I am a fan of romantic comedies."

Dude, proof read. You're repeating yourself and creating incredibly weak arguments. The writing in 500 days of Summer is like Tolstoy compared to this. I'm not being a hater. I'm serious. Please get someone for this column who can create a valid argument.

And for the record "mopish" male protagonists can work. Haven't you ever seen Swingers? That film and 500 days contain characters many guys can relate to.
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10:43PM on 06/10/2011
you're exactly correct- i thought the same exact thing....terribly written 9th grade level drivel.
you're exactly correct- i thought the same exact thing....terribly written 9th grade level drivel.
8:49PM on 06/09/2011
500 Days of Summer was a bad movie, but not for the reasons that the columnist listed above. Joseph Gordon Levitt was a really nice and normal guy, and Zooey's character(Summer) was a heinous bitch to him for the majority of the movie. 500 Days of Summer was bad because it was depressing to watch a hot girl breatk a nice guy's heart for no reason. Why did Summer even date him in the first place if she was planning on ditching Levitt when someone better came along?
500 Days of Summer was a bad movie, but not for the reasons that the columnist listed above. Joseph Gordon Levitt was a really nice and normal guy, and Zooey's character(Summer) was a heinous bitch to him for the majority of the movie. 500 Days of Summer was bad because it was depressing to watch a hot girl breatk a nice guy's heart for no reason. Why did Summer even date him in the first place if she was planning on ditching Levitt when someone better came along?
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12:53AM on 06/10/2011
How does anything that you said make it a bad movie? To me that's what made it a good movie bc this kind of shit happens all the time but movies always make the guys be the assholes instead of the other way around.
How does anything that you said make it a bad movie? To me that's what made it a good movie bc this kind of shit happens all the time but movies always make the guys be the assholes instead of the other way around.
9:16PM on 06/09/2011
I found that aspect of the movie pretty realistic. And yeah, I didn't like it but I liked the movie because it honestly portrayed that fucked up situation.
I found that aspect of the movie pretty realistic. And yeah, I didn't like it but I liked the movie because it honestly portrayed that fucked up situation.
9:14PM on 06/09/2011
She was just having fun, which is a major source of tension for them in the movie. But I see your point.
She was just having fun, which is a major source of tension for them in the movie. But I see your point.
9:13PM on 06/09/2011

Not A Effing Rom Com

Smaller points first- your sentence structure is awful and verbose in the worst of ways. When trying to make an argument, even one for your opinions, it's helpful to use examples and back them up (ie- "obnioxus cinematography". Give me a specfic scene that bothered you to make your point, blanket statements rarely ever work). As a guy tht owns both "27 Dresses" and "The Ugly Truth" (I have a thing for Heigl, I can't explain it), JGL is much more average guy-ish and relatable than the asshole
Smaller points first- your sentence structure is awful and verbose in the worst of ways. When trying to make an argument, even one for your opinions, it's helpful to use examples and back them up (ie- "obnioxus cinematography". Give me a specfic scene that bothered you to make your point, blanket statements rarely ever work). As a guy tht owns both "27 Dresses" and "The Ugly Truth" (I have a thing for Heigl, I can't explain it), JGL is much more average guy-ish and relatable than the asshole Butler played in "The Ugly Truth", whom is suppose to be very over the top.

Now, on with the main course- "500 Days Of Summer" is not, as you wrongly believe, a romantic comedy. It even flat out tells the audience that it isn't one. You're viewing it as one is where a lot of your story problems come in, and those seem to be your main complaints. You aren't "loving" the characters, because you aren't freaking suppose to. Relate to yes, and if you couldn't fine, but the whole purpose of this story was that just because of some superfical similarities and an instant attraction, that doesn't make soul mates. It's literally, the exact opposite of a rom-com, and I am amazed at how few people on here have currently commented on this very fact.

Moreover, how anyone, anywhere in any state of mind considers either "Before" film a romanctic comedy is not only mind boggling, but wrong as well. Both of those, especially "Sunset", the one you spefically mention is an absolute drama.

Before you write another article, please learn the difference between your genres. This glaringly dumb mistake has made for the worst article in this already (mostly) tepid column, which is quite a feat.
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9:13PM on 06/09/2011

Clever?

I agree with whomever said that it wasn't that I thought the movie was "clever," but that it was the honest nature of the story and of relationships in general that I dig about it.

Yeah the ending is stupid and unrealistic but it wasn't enough to completely destroy everything about the movie that I loved in the hour and a half before that.
I agree with whomever said that it wasn't that I thought the movie was "clever," but that it was the honest nature of the story and of relationships in general that I dig about it.

Yeah the ending is stupid and unrealistic but it wasn't enough to completely destroy everything about the movie that I loved in the hour and a half before that.
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9:29PM on 06/09/2011
I agree 100% there definitely need to be more Romcoms with Hollywood cookie cutter male characters acting like assholes, zero 'quirkiness' or 'personality' from female characters (they should only have nude scenes) with more drama and less goofiness, I mean come on it's a comedy for god sake! I don't want to see anything I haven't seen already, with linear storytelling and it should look liked it was filmed on the backlot (like Anchorman).

It's okay if you don't agree with me as long as you
I agree 100% there definitely need to be more Romcoms with Hollywood cookie cutter male characters acting like assholes, zero 'quirkiness' or 'personality' from female characters (they should only have nude scenes) with more drama and less goofiness, I mean come on it's a comedy for god sake! I don't want to see anything I haven't seen already, with linear storytelling and it should look liked it was filmed on the backlot (like Anchorman).

It's okay if you don't agree with me as long as you know you're wrong.
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12:56AM on 06/10/2011
Sarcasm so thick you can cut it with a knife
Sarcasm so thick you can cut it with a knife
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9:38PM on 06/09/2011
Why the Clooney hate? He did one Romcom and said he wouldn't do another. Matthew McConaughey or Ashton Kutcher would have been more apt.
Why the Clooney hate? He did one Romcom and said he wouldn't do another. Matthew McConaughey or Ashton Kutcher would have been more apt.
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11:04PM on 06/09/2011
I stopped reading this unpopular opinion at "My first big complaint about (500) DAYS OF SUMMER is that Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a mope." That's like saying, "My biggest complaint about Rocky is that Sylvester Stallone plays a boxer." To me, it sounds like you just wanted to hate this film because you don't like the main character, therefore you have the mindset that the rest of the movie will suck. That's just my opinion and I could care less about the rest of yours.
I stopped reading this unpopular opinion at "My first big complaint about (500) DAYS OF SUMMER is that Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a mope." That's like saying, "My biggest complaint about Rocky is that Sylvester Stallone plays a boxer." To me, it sounds like you just wanted to hate this film because you don't like the main character, therefore you have the mindset that the rest of the movie will suck. That's just my opinion and I could care less about the rest of yours.
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12:08AM on 06/10/2011
I'm torn...

On the one hand, I thought "Summer" was overrated and overhyped...but on the other, I haven't been able to read a single one of these columns without shouting out loudly, "What the FRAK is he talking about?!", about some false conclusion or misinterpretation or flat out false claim (There was suspense that was killed in Lebowski? Hulk was good because it explored Banner's childhood more than the Jekyll/Hyde storyline or any interesting action sequence? You actually thought
I'm torn...

On the one hand, I thought "Summer" was overrated and overhyped...but on the other, I haven't been able to read a single one of these columns without shouting out loudly, "What the FRAK is he talking about?!", about some false conclusion or misinterpretation or flat out false claim (There was suspense that was killed in Lebowski? Hulk was good because it explored Banner's childhood more than the Jekyll/Hyde storyline or any interesting action sequence? You actually thought Airbender was good?).

In summation, well played.
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1:53AM on 06/10/2011
Rom-coms really aren't my bag, but I thought this movie was just okay. I don't particularly have strong feelings about it one way or the other (with the exception being I think Zooey is highly overrated in looks and acting ability).
Rom-coms really aren't my bag, but I thought this movie was just okay. I don't particularly have strong feelings about it one way or the other (with the exception being I think Zooey is highly overrated in looks and acting ability).
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3:09AM on 06/10/2011
wow. just wow.

the movie starts off by telling you its not a love story. therefore not a romcom. therefore your argument is invalid.
wow. just wow.

the movie starts off by telling you its not a love story. therefore not a romcom. therefore your argument is invalid.
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4:51AM on 06/10/2011

The cameo

The Han Solo "cameo" made me once again realize how cool the OT is. And for that this movie gets an eternal pass.
The Han Solo "cameo" made me once again realize how cool the OT is. And for that this movie gets an eternal pass.
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9:10AM on 06/10/2011
LOVE. THIS MOVIE. I don't even really consider it a "rom com" either. The whole theme is extremely life like: guy falls head over heels for girl...the feelings aren't mutual but she kind of leads him on...feelings get hurt...then it ends...and life goes on. GREAT flick.
LOVE. THIS MOVIE. I don't even really consider it a "rom com" either. The whole theme is extremely life like: guy falls head over heels for girl...the feelings aren't mutual but she kind of leads him on...feelings get hurt...then it ends...and life goes on. GREAT flick.
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3:44PM on 06/10/2011
WOW! Lots of grammatical errors in piece...which makes me take the author less-than-seriously, when essentially, I want to...I can't trust the dissection of a film by a writer who can't find mistakes in their own writing...just proofread, man...and save yourself some face- you'll be taken more seriously.
WOW! Lots of grammatical errors in piece...which makes me take the author less-than-seriously, when essentially, I want to...I can't trust the dissection of a film by a writer who can't find mistakes in their own writing...just proofread, man...and save yourself some face- you'll be taken more seriously.
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3:12AM on 06/11/2011
I agree completely, this film is overrated to the max! Granted the review could've been written better(The Agony booth did a pretty good job explaining why the film dosen't work), but you still amke some good points, sure you're not supposed to "like" the characters, but aren't you at least supposed to care about them on some level? Well I didn't care on bit about anyone in this film, and the ending did indeed make me groan and roll my eyes,
I agree completely, this film is overrated to the max! Granted the review could've been written better(The Agony booth did a pretty good job explaining why the film dosen't work), but you still amke some good points, sure you're not supposed to "like" the characters, but aren't you at least supposed to care about them on some level? Well I didn't care on bit about anyone in this film, and the ending did indeed make me groan and roll my eyes,
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7:36AM on 06/11/2011

utterly insane

I've read this article and one thing kept popping up in my mind. The Writer of this article reminds me of the West Boro Baptist Church...if you take the time to read your article out loud after you write it then maybe you will see how utterly insane and ridiculous your arguments are...but a part of me thinks you write these nutty articles for the attention. okay thats all. this movie is a masterpiece by the way. and so is the departed you jackass.
I've read this article and one thing kept popping up in my mind. The Writer of this article reminds me of the West Boro Baptist Church...if you take the time to read your article out loud after you write it then maybe you will see how utterly insane and ridiculous your arguments are...but a part of me thinks you write these nutty articles for the attention. okay thats all. this movie is a masterpiece by the way. and so is the departed you jackass.
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8:43PM on 06/26/2011
Though I don't necessarily agree with ever point the guy made, having an opinion doesn't make him a shitty writer. Just like your rabid fanboyism doesn't make you any less of a human being. I loved 500 days of summer, but it sure as shit isn't a materpiece. And neither is departed. Have some solid arguments in tow before you lambast someone simply for having an opinion without any basis of your own.
Though I don't necessarily agree with ever point the guy made, having an opinion doesn't make him a shitty writer. Just like your rabid fanboyism doesn't make you any less of a human being. I loved 500 days of summer, but it sure as shit isn't a materpiece. And neither is departed. Have some solid arguments in tow before you lambast someone simply for having an opinion without any basis of your own.
2:27PM on 06/11/2011

sorta agree

I hated "500 Days of Summer" but not so much for these reasons. For me it was that Summer was a horrible person for saying she wanted one thing but then acting a different way and leading Tom on through the movie and the film didn't recognize that. Instead it made her out to be almost wise like she helped him. She's a cowardly character that hides behind being indirect, he should have still been pissed at her in the end.
I hated "500 Days of Summer" but not so much for these reasons. For me it was that Summer was a horrible person for saying she wanted one thing but then acting a different way and leading Tom on through the movie and the film didn't recognize that. Instead it made her out to be almost wise like she helped him. She's a cowardly character that hides behind being indirect, he should have still been pissed at her in the end.
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6:36PM on 06/12/2011

People tend to miss the point...

"(500) Days Of Summer" is a terrific film. But people who believe that Summer is some sort of villian or meant to be hated are totally wrong. Summer was upfront with Tom from the beginning; she told him multiple times that she couldn't give him any sort of guarantee of what they were. She didn't mislead him. In fact, Tom lies to her, and to himself, saying he is alright with just a "FWB" or not-serious situation, even though we know he wants more. So, he gets angry at Summer when she can't
"(500) Days Of Summer" is a terrific film. But people who believe that Summer is some sort of villian or meant to be hated are totally wrong. Summer was upfront with Tom from the beginning; she told him multiple times that she couldn't give him any sort of guarantee of what they were. She didn't mislead him. In fact, Tom lies to her, and to himself, saying he is alright with just a "FWB" or not-serious situation, even though we know he wants more. So, he gets angry at Summer when she can't reciprocate those feelings, yet ignores the fact that she told him from the start how she felt and what she was--or wasn't--looking for.
Also, the movie is intentionally biased. It's all shown from Tom's perspective, so we always see Summer the way he does: as the ideal woman. Yet, he never really sees her, and thus, their relationship is never authentic, and was never meant to work. Tom was as much to blame as Summer, yet she was honest with him.
In the end, they realized that their relationship was a failure, but it was ok. They'd both grown from it.
This movie hit me on a really personal level, as I was in a very, very similar scenario to this (and I was, more or less, Tom). And because of this, "(500) Days" always makes me tear up. However, doesn't change the fact that it's a wonderful, very real examination of a relationship.
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11:14PM on 06/15/2011
Oddly enough, the scene you brought up was the one on my mind the most as I wrote my response above. True, actions say a lot, however, it should be reiterated in the sequence that Tom begs Summer for some kind of committment or assurance, and she replies that she can't give him that. True, she follows it with a kiss and the "I'm sorry...I like you" comment, but it doesn't change what she said. I stand by this, because, as I said, I was in a situation very similar to this. It was basically a
Oddly enough, the scene you brought up was the one on my mind the most as I wrote my response above. True, actions say a lot, however, it should be reiterated in the sequence that Tom begs Summer for some kind of committment or assurance, and she replies that she can't give him that. True, she follows it with a kiss and the "I'm sorry...I like you" comment, but it doesn't change what she said. I stand by this, because, as I said, I was in a situation very similar to this. It was basically a relationship, and included most everything a relationship would entail, however a label couldn't be applied, and if the topic came up, I would get the same sort response: that they couldn't promise me anything, and a moment later we'd return to kissing and cuddling.
It's very complicated and even painful, but so is "(500) Days", as is the Summer character. She is not manipulative or cruel...she likes Tom, she really does, but not as much as Tom (thinks) he likes her.
2:56AM on 06/13/2011
I know that is what the film is trying to suggest but there are a few important scenes that tear this idea down and make Summer out to be a bad person. Words and actions are both communication, so despite what she said with her mouth she still said other things with her actions. One big one was when Tom got angry at her and wanted to be acknowledge as her boyfriend and leaves her apartment. She then shows up later at his apartment to apologize and she kisses him. This is manipulative of his
I know that is what the film is trying to suggest but there are a few important scenes that tear this idea down and make Summer out to be a bad person. Words and actions are both communication, so despite what she said with her mouth she still said other things with her actions. One big one was when Tom got angry at her and wanted to be acknowledge as her boyfriend and leaves her apartment. She then shows up later at his apartment to apologize and she kisses him. This is manipulative of his feelings, she knows what he wants and what he thinks they are and she just allows him to keep doing so because she's getting what she wants.
2:14PM on 10/14/2011
Um, the main character is extremely layered. If you get past his "mood" than he is nothing but relatable. He just wants to be in love and for him that is Summer. That's all you need to know. How can you not relate to that?
Um, the main character is extremely layered. If you get past his "mood" than he is nothing but relatable. He just wants to be in love and for him that is Summer. That's all you need to know. How can you not relate to that?
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