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)
I was just talking to some people last night bout how I hated this movie because the main character was such a “Nice Guy TM” and the “romance” creeped me out… until I read interviews from many people involved in making the movie who said they never intended us to find the main character NOT douchey and that it was purposely highlighting how annoying these entitled guys are. Then I liked the movie.
Man, this makes so much more sense! Zooey Dechannel is the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is sort of like the male equivalent, or at least, the male counterpart to her.