Movie Recommendation: (500) Days of Summer (2009)

Ask any guy and he’ll swear to you that we don’t like ‘chick flicks’. We’ll furiously fight till our last breaths with our girlfriends so we can get out of watching them. But it’s really not so much because we mind them, no. It’s actually more to do with the fact that we’d rather they be called ‘romantic comedies’ or ‘dramedies’ or even ‘romance dramas’ than ‘chick flicks’.

But let’s get real: ‘chick flicks’ are the only kind of ‘romantic comedies’ there are, aren’t they (and ahem, well, we don’t really win a fight with our girlfriends either, do we)? So whenever we are doomed to watching man-wannabe Hugh Grant gets serenaded by Julia Roberts, we know very well that it’s all make-believe. Because in a dude version of Notting Hill, the guy would instead be telling the girl, ‘I’m just a guy, standing in front of a girl, asking her to laugh at his jokes’.

All this changed when Marc Webb, who’s now helming the Spiderman reboot, came out with the defining romantic film of this generation, (500) Days of Summer. But as the narrator clearly states, the movie is a ‘boy meets girl’ story; it is not a ‘love story’.

The film is probably the first ‘rom com’ that deserves the epithet, ‘dude flick’, but it would be wrong to call it just that. Yes, it‘s told from the point of view of a guy, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Lewitt), who gets his heart broken by a goddess among girls, Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Yes, it’s neither typically romantic nor a typical comedy and has a non-linear structure, so it’s not really a formulaic ‘chick flick’. And yes, somehow, girls just don’t seem to like this movie as much as guys do.

But the reason that it’s not just a ‘dude flick’ either is because it poses a question that in some way, has defined the growing up years of each one of us, boy or girl. It’s also a question that has rarely been asked or answered on screen – that we all seem to know how to fall in love, but how exactly do we go about falling out of it?

If you’ve ever fallen hopelessly in love and have had your heart broken by that person you now remember only as ‘b**ch’ or ‘b****ard’, let Webb show you the light through his movie, that went from being a little indie flick to a worldwide sleeper hit. Real and quirky, with excellent music, some laugh-out-loud dialogues and a ‘kickass’ supporting role by Chloe Moretz, this is the movie you want to watch if you are bored of mush.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Chloe Moretz
Written by: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Directed by: Marc Webb

Note: This recommendation first appeared in MTV Noise Factory, February 2012 issue
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