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Why did "500 Days of Summer" get good reviews?

Asked by cockswain (15269points) February 28th, 2010

This movie was recommended to me, and I checked it out on Rotten Tomatoes (86%). Apparently this movie appeals to a lot of people, yet my wife and I found it totally boring and cliche. Can someone offer an explanation of what you like about this movie?

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rangerr's avatar

Zooey Deschanel.

Plus it’s a bit more real than other romantic movies. I found it easier to relate to. The writers used their own experiences to write the movie, and it’s pretty easy to tell. It’s not your average cookie-cutter boy meets girl, boy loses girl, girl comes back and they are happy forever movie. It’s adorable when it’s not making you depressed.

tinyfaery's avatar

It was sbsolutely not cliche. It was sweet and sad and had a great soundtrack.

Mamradpivo's avatar

It was cute. I thought it was pretty different than most romantic comedies. It was dark. And, like @tinyfaery said, it had a fantastically fun soundtrack.

I would compare it to Garden State. If you liked that movie, you’ll probably like this one.

cockswain's avatar

Cmon, like you couldn’t tell he was going to become an architect? And his outburst during a business meeting because he was still depressed? I’ve seen that scene in nearly every movie of this genre. I found the male lead boring, and the female lead overly quirky. She wouldn’t mention she was seeing someone while they were dancing at the wedding? Was it really such a big deal that him seeing her apartment and telling him stories about her life was “letting him into her private world”? Cmon.

Sorry, for ranting, I was just really disappointed. I’ll admit I laughed a few times, and I liked the split screen when he went to her party with his expectations vs reality. But overall I was bored and waiting for some sort of moment that would redeem the film.

Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind and American Beauty were terrific. I loved those characters.

“What’s your name?”

janbb's avatar

Chacun a son gout. I enjoyed it, although I can understand why you found those scenes cliched. For the most part, I found the characters very appealing and the insecurities in the relationship realistic. I also liked the pacing and the way it was made. If anything, I thought it was underrated by the critics. A sweet little movie.

Dr_C's avatar

The characters were real unlike most “romantic comedies” and other such films. They were relate-able and actually had people in the theaters taking sides with one or the other. You felt sorry for one character or anger towards another. A movie that makes you actually feel something is a great move in my book.

cockswain's avatar

@Dr_C Even if that feeling is irritation or boredom? Just kidding, your point is well taken.

Dr_C's avatar

@cockswain irritation yes… boredom is more subjective. I was very irritated at Zoe Deschanel’s character… that kinda made me get more into the story!

cockswain's avatar

Those who enjoyed this movie may perhaps like “Happy-Go-Lucky.” That was also critically acclaimed but I found the main character very irritating. It does have one great character in a driving instructor played by Eddie Marsden. You may love it.

stardust's avatar

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, but I don’t like the though of being boxed into the “happy-go-lucky” category. I found it far more realistic than the usual rom-com’s. The soundtrack was excellent. It was quirky, which I like. I als liked that it was told from the male’s perspective for the most-part.

Christian95's avatar

I think it got good reviews because it tells a very important lesson of life which is not present in every movie:“Life goes on whatever happens,life sucks,sometimes it can be good but it won’t last” and so on I don’t know very much movies which tells that.
O and of course it hand a very very good soundtrack

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