The (500) Days of Summer attitude of “He wants you so bad” seems attractive to some women and men, especially younger ones, but I would encourage anyone who has a crush on my character to watch it again and examine how selfish he is. He develops a mildly delusional obsession over a girl onto whom he projects all these fantasies. He thinks she’ll give his life meaning because he doesn’t care about much else going on in his life. A lot of boys and girls think their lives will have meaning if they find a partner who wants nothing else in life but them. That’s not healthy. That’s falling in love with the idea of a person, not the actual person.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (x)
Ugh, I’m sorry to double post with two quotes, but he’s dropping another truth bomb here. I hate when people misinterpret 500DOS and think of Summer as some kind of bitch, or, alternately, as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. That’s only how his character saw her. To me, this movie was basically about Nice Guy Syndrome: A guy who thinks he’s just so nice that he’s entitled to the woman he wants, and when she decides she doesn’t want him back, she becomes a bitch, or a whore.
#EXACTLY JGL #THANK YOU #THIS DIALS UP MY RESPECT FOR YOU HUGELY #AND I HAVE SAID THIS BEFORE #I KNOW THIS IS WHAT 500 DAYS OF SUMMER WAS GOING FOR #AND I APPRECIATE THE INTENDED MESSAGE #BUT AT THE SAME TIME I HAVE TO CRITICIZE THE FILM FOR SO DRAMATICALLY FAILING TO COMMUNICATE THAT MESSAGE #YOU CAN BLAME IT ON SOCIETY OR WHATEVER #BECAUSE YES #THE FAULT PROBABLY LIES WITH THE PEOPLE WATCHING WHO HAVE FUCKED UP EXPECTATIONS FOR WOMEN #(AND MEN) #BUT IN MY OPINION WHEN TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE YOU NEED TO CONSIDER YOUR AUDIENCE #AND I THINK THIS FILM FAILED TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT SUMMER WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THE BAD GUY #ALTHOUGH I DO FULLY BELIEVE THAT WAS THE INTENTION #ANYWAY POINT IS I AM NOT A FAN OF THE MOVIE BECAUSE I THINK IT FAILED #BUT I ALSO THINK IT HAD GOOD INTENTIONS
thank you grace for summing up my thoughts on this movie perfectly
i mean, respect for JGL for thinking about and understanding this but the fact that almost no one watching this movie got it isn’t entirely because the audience is stupid (that’s just part of it)
like the movie just did not communicate this well and it would be better if we’d gotten at least some sort of glimpse of summer’s POV so she’d feel more human and understandable and we’d get another side to the story, and also to highlight the dude’s ridiculousness
Thank you!!! It bugs me so much that people put the MPDG tag on her when it’s his character’s delusion.