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500 Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer

Date: Sep 02 2009

Themes: Romance

Grammar: Adverbs


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Most romantic comedies begin with a couple meeting, go on to show them falling in love, and end with a wedding. It’s an old formula that some find perfectly adorable and others consider cheesy and unrealistic.

But the new movie 500 Days of Summer isn’t a typical romantic comedy. It begins with a break up, and then goes back in time to show what went wrong in the couple’s relationship. The male lead in the film is a hopeless romantic, but the girl is skeptical about love. She doesn’t think that true love really exists. For her, typical romantic comedies are just fantasies.

Some people think 500 Days of Summer is a realistic look at modern relationships. Find out if Mason and Ella think the movie does a good job of portraying love in the 21st century.


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Ella:  So, 500 Days of Summer, it looks like something you can really connect with now.

Mason:  That movie was basically genetically engineered to be lovable. Right? You take Zooey Deschanel, who’s like weapons-grade cuteness.

Ella:  Yeah, it’s true.

Mason:  And Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is pretty adored. But he’s also a really serious actor, you know. But you can kind of tell he was just gonna play that likable card.

Ella:  And it talks about, you know, love in the 21st century. How there’s fear of commitment.

Mason:  Right. You know, it’s this typical thing, like guy who’s way sentimental, and he fell in love with someone and then got his heart broken. And he’s kinda trying to figure things out after that. It’s one of the universal tales.

Ella:  I mean, do you think it’s right to be skeptical about love, like the female character that Zooey plays?

Mason:  I’m dead on the inside, so yeah. Generally that’s my first instinct. But there was a time when I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Ella:  A hopeless romantic?

Mason:  Hopeless. Very, very hopeless. I wrote poetry. You know, I did that. I rolled that way. It’s not a proud moment for me.


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Mason thinks 500 Days of Summer must be likable, since it has such cute stars. Ella thinks the movie looks like something she could relate to. The female character is afraid of commitment and doesn’t want a serious relationship with the male character. She breaks his heart, and he has to try to get over her.

Mason says that he is skeptical about love like Zooey’s character. He jokes that he doesn’t have any feelings anymore. But he used to be more of a romantic.

Are you skeptical about love, or are you a hopeless romantic? How would you describe love in the 21st century? Are people more afraid of commitment than they used to be?



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i guess young people now are more skeptical about love. they are likely to enjoy being loved while they are fear of the commitment. i have several young colleagues they won't get married until their parents push them. however, actually in china, it is the girls who are worried whether they will be too old to get a boy who would marry her. there is a special word to describe such a girl,  "a girl left". what about in other places?

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