It is sometimes difficult for a man and a woman to decide on a movie to watch, particularly if said woman likes chick flicks and said man likes action/adventure movies.
My boyfriend and I don't fit perfectly into that mold - we both love scary movies and historical dramas, and generally like the same movies - but I do have soft spot for a love story and he likes manly things like explosions and stuff.
But I can persuade him to watch movies he'd otherwise pass up by bringing up a few particular leading ladies - Zooey Deschanel is definitely one of them.
So that's how I got him to watch "(500) Days of Summer" with me last night. And as it turns out, it's not entirely a chick flick.
It's got an indie/artsy vibe that transcends the "love story" aspect.
There seem to be a wave of movies recently that have similar feel. It quite possibly started with "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
But what's great about this film in particular is the conversation it sparked. It sparked a discussion about the natural progression of relationships and how people's feelings can lead them to interpret actions one way even when someone is telling them the opposite.
Anyway, it's out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Dec. 22 - a perfect Christmas present for your girlfriend, or for that guy with a crush on Zooey.