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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

(500) days of summer

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.

this film is a realistic look at a relationship through the eyes of a young man who falls deeply in love with a girl who doesn't love him back. the thing that i like about this film is that it doesn't completely dwell on the sad-it ends on an optimistic note. the most important lesson it teaches us is even after our hardest break-up, we can get over it and move on. it also teaches us to look for red flags before we jump into a relationship and that we need to work on ourselves before we can be ready for true love.

tom walked to her apartment, intoxicated by the promise of the evening. he believed that this time, his expectations would align with reality.