After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
David O. Russell
Robert De Niro
After it looks as if she's left his life for good this time, Tom Hansen reflects back on the just over one year that he knew Summer Finn. For Tom, it was love at first sight when she walked into the greeting card company where he worked, she the new administrative assistant. Soon, Tom knew that Summer was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Although Summer did not believe in relationships or boyfriends - in her assertion, real life will always ultimately get in the way - Tom and Summer became more than just friends. Through the trials and tribulations of Tom and Summer's so-called relationship, Tom could always count on the advice of his two best friends, McKenzie and Paul. However, it is Tom's adolescent sister, Rachel, who is his voice of reason. After all is said and done, Tom is the one who ultimately has to make the choice to listen or not.Written by
The song being sung at the karaoke bar when Tom walks in is Every Rose Has It's Thorn by Poison. See more »
At the beginning, Day 8, during the office party Tom asks Summer about moving "here" and how long she has been "here." She answers "since Saturday" which doesn't make sense as it is Day 8 since they met which is more than a week. See more »
[about being punched in the face]
It was really just this crazy thing. It happened like... it felt like it happened fast, but really, it felt like it happened really slowly. Like everything all was just... I don't know...
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The opening credits are done over fictionalized home movies of the two protagonists. See more »
This was an excellent romantic comedy, although many might not agree that it is either romantic or a comedy. I found myself laughing out loud at many of the scenes, but the laughs in the theater were few, and I think most people would label this a drama with streaks of black comedy.
The driving force behind what makes this movie work (beside the script) is Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom Hansen, who carries the movie on the basis of his physical comedy and acting ability. He is the unrequited love interest in the film. JGL does have brief glimpses of true love with Summer (Zooey Deschanel) but it's clear she's not interested in anything permanent, just a good time. After his initial sexual encounter with Summer, JGL engaged in a choreographed dance routine of Hall & Oats "Your Making my Dreams Come True", which should win JGL some type of award.
Deschanel plays the role she usually plays, soulful & pretty free spirit. She played the character very well and the movie viewer could well understand her reticence to engage in a long term affair with Tom.
These types of movies might leave some cold, but the ending turned out well.
One additional bonus was Chloe Moritz, who played Tom's younger teenage sister and Psycho-Analyst. She was great.
A very good movie worth checking out. A near perfect date movie I might add.
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