(Just a single rule: mix-tape-style, no more than one film per director. You know, because otherwise the whole thing would be pointless.)
(#46) (500) Days of Summer
Romantic Comedy • dir. Marc Webb • 2009 • USA
Fish are relaxing, so they say. But keeping them fed, and the water they swim in clean, must get a little onerous, no? A better bet, I suggest, would be ditching the fish tank and replacing it with a nice size picture of Zooey Deschanel. If it’s true, as Oscar Wilde claimed, that ugly wallpaper makes people violent, then what are we all waiting for? Let’s just find a spot in our kitchens, bedrooms, or living rooms for a nice size picture of Zooey Deschanel and make the world a more peaceful place. Life-size, or thereabouts. Me, I could while away hours looking at such a thing. Were it not for Zooey being a vegan (as Some Like It Hot quite rightly has it, nobody’s perfect)… well, I’d be more than happy to lace daisies in her hair, and whisper softly – you’re, like, all pretty and that.
But now I’m thinking, maybe you already noticed Zooey Deschanel’s attractive, and really don’t need me to say so. (She is, though, isn’t she?) Moving on, then, here’s the thing – something I know about you for sure: at least once, a Romantic Comedy has reduced significantly your will to live. Whether or not you’re a fan of the genre. Show me someone who has never seen a bad Romantic Comedy, and I’ll show you someone who plain doesn’t know a movie screen from a cave painting (Werner Herzog documentaries obviously excepted). (500) Days of Summer is an all too rare good ‘un. It’s romantic and it’s funny. It’s fresh and it’s charming. It’s both halves of bittersweet. And let’s just stop over-thinking things for a hot second and enjoy it: the two leads in the middle of it all are quite magnificently beautiful. Fall in love every now and then – it’s good for you.