(500) Days of Summer (2009)

[ Whistling ]
[ Pencil Scribbling Rapidly ]
[ Whistling Continues ]
[ Man Narrating ]
This is a story of boy meets girl.
The boy, Tom Hansen
of Margate, NewJersey,
grew up believing that
he'd never truly be happy...
until the day he met ''the one.''
This beliefstemmed from early exposure
to sad British pop music...
and a total misreading
of the movie The Graduate.
[ Dustin Hoffman On TV ]
Elaine! Elaine!
[ Narrator]
The girl, Summer Finn
ofShinnecock' Michigan'
did not share this belief.
Since the disintegration
of her parents' marriage'
she'd only loved two things.
The first was her long' dark hair.
The second was how easily
she could cut it off...
and feel nothing.
Tom meets Summer onJanuary 8.
He knows almost immediately
she's who he's been searching for.
This is a story of boy meets girl.
But you should know up front'
this is not a love story.
They made a statue of us
And put it on a mountaintop
Now tourists come and stare at us
Blow bubbles with their gum
Take photographs offun
Have fun
They'll name a city after us
And later say it's all our fault
Then they'll give us a talking to
'Cause they've got years ofexperience
[ Vocalizing ]
Living in a den ofthieves
Rummaging for answers in the pages
[ Vocalizing ]
Living in a den ofthieves
And it's contagious
And it's contagious
[ Vocalizing ]
[ Beeps ]
[ Buzzes ]
We didn't know
who else to call.
It's Amanda Heller
all over again.
You did the right thing.
[ Sighs ]
Now' where is he?
[ Plate Shatters ]
What are you doing here?
I'm here to help you.
Help me how?
First' put down the plate.
Drink this.
- What is that?
- Vodka.
Um' does Mom know
that you're here?
'Cause it's probably past 1 0:00.
[ Sighs ] Don't worry about it.
Just start from the beginning,
and tell us what happened.
[ Tom Narrating ]
Things were going so well.
Then what?
I think we should
stop seeing each other.
Just like that?
Just like that.
- Did she say why?
- I mean' this thing. what are we doing?
I mean, is this normal?
Normal? I I don't know. I don't care.
I'm happy. Aren't you happy?
You're happy?
You're not?
All we do is argue.
That is bullshit.
Maybe she was just
in a bad mood.
Yeah, maybe like
a a hormonal thing.
- P.M.S.?
- What do you know about P.M.S.?
- More than you' Tom.
- Then what happened?
This can't come as
a total surprise to you.
I mean, we've been
like Sid and Nancy
for months now.
Summer, Sid stabbed Nancy...
seven times with a kitchen knife.
I I mean, we have some disagreements,
but I hardly think I'm Sid Vicious.
No. I'm Sid.
Oh, so I'm Nancy?
Let's jus t eat,
and we'll talk about it later.
Mmm. That is good.
I'm really glad we did this.
I love thes e pancakes.
Tom, don't go.
You're s till my bes t friend!
- You've broken up with girls before.
Yes .
And girls have broken up
with you before.
This is different.
'Cause it's Summer.
So you'll you'll
meet somebody new.
Point is , you're
the best guy I know.
You'll get over her.
I think it's kind of like how they say.
There's, uh
There's plenty of other
fish in the sea.
They- They say that.
Well, they're lying.
I don't want to get over her.
I want to get her back.
[ Man ]
Maybe playing it s afe
is the wrong approach.
The nuclear family is dead'
and we need a new holiday
that recognizes that.
May 21 st.
Other Mother's Day.
I'd s ay we've got
s ome potential here.
What do you think, Hans en?
Could you write up s ome
prototypes for these?
Uh' Mr. Vance,
there's a telephone call
foryou on line three.
Oh. Thankyou.
Uh' everyone, this is Summer,
my new as s istant.
Summerjust moved here from
Right. Michigan. Right.
Uh, Summer, everyone.
Everyone, Summer.
Excus e me. I have to take this.
It's nice to meet you all.
[ Narrator]
There's only two kinds
of people in the world.
There's women, and there's men.
Summer Finn was a woman.
Height, average. Weight, average.
Shoe s ize, s lightly above average.
For all intents and purpos es ,
Summer Finn,jus t another girl.
Except she was n't.
To wit, in 1998,
Summer quoted a song
by the Scottis h band
Belle and Sebastian...
in her high school yearbook.
''Color my life
with the chaos oftrouble.''
This spike in Michigan
sales oftheir album...
The Boy with the Arab Strap...
continues to puzzle industry analys ts .
Summer's employment
at the Daily Freeze
during her sophomore year...
coincided with an inexplicable
[ Dings ]
Every apartment Summer rented...
was offered at an average rate
of 9.2% below market value.
And her round-trip commute to work...
averaged 1 8.4 double takes per day.
lt was a rare quality,
this ''Summer effect.''
Rare, and yet s omething
every pos tadoles cent male
has encountered...
at leas t once in their lives .
For Tom Hans en to find it now
in a city of 400,000 offices ,
and 3.8 million people-
well, that could only
be explained by one thing:
[ Man ]
Dude, I hear she's a bitch.
Yeah. Patel tried to talk
to her in the copy room.
She's totally not having it.
Maybe s he was jus t in a hurry.
And maybe she's an uppity,
''better than everyone'' superskank.
I know.
She's pretty hot.
That sucks .
Why is it pretty girls...
think they can treat people like crap
and get away with it?
Centuries of reinforcement.
[ Scoffs ]
You know what? Screw her.
I don't care.
If s he wants to be that way, fine.
[ Elevator Bell Dings ]
[ Headphones: Rock ]
[ Continues ]
[ Faint ]
Driving in your car
[ Elevator Whirring ]
Oh, pleas e don't drop me home
Smiths ?
I love the Smiths.
I s aid I love the Smiths.
[ Stammers ]
You have- You have
good taste in mus ic.
You like the Smiths?
[ Singing Along ]
To die byyour s ide is
s uch a heavenly way to die
I love 'em.
[ Elevator Bell Dings ]
Holy s hit.
There you go.
Have another piece.
Drinks ?
Arthur, did you get a piece?
Thanks .
Want one? Yeah.
Want one?
Summer, right?
Oh. Yeah.
Smiths fan.
Yeah. Tom.
Want s ome, uh, uh
It's not champagne.
I don't know what it is.
So, how's it goin'?
Pretty good.
You just moved here, right?
Oh, wow.
And, uh, what brought you?
Boredom mostly.
Wanted to try s omething
new and exciting.
Well, clearlyyou've
come to the right place.
[ Chuckles ]
[ Chuckles ]
So, have you
worked here long?
About three or fouryears.
Wow. You've...
always wanted to write
greeting cards ?
[ Chuckles ]
No, I don't even
want to do it now.
Well, you should
do s omething els e then.
Yeah. I studied to be
an architect, actually.
You did? That's cool.
What happened there?
It didn't work out.
[ Chuckles ]
I needed a job, and here we are.
You any good?
Well, um, I wrote this one.
''Today you're a man.
Mazel tov
on your bar mitzvah.''
It's a big seller.
I meant as an architect.
I doubt it.
you're a perfectly adequate
greeting card writer.
Thank you. That was actually
my nickname in college.
They called me
''Perfectly Adequate'' Hansen.
They us ed to call me Anal Girl.
I was very neat and organized.
Well, I should get back, s o
All right. See you later.
[ Whis tling ]
[ Paper Crumples ,
Thuds In Tras h Can ]
I don't know, man.
I think it's official.
I'm in love with Summer.
I love her s mile.
I love her hair. I love her knees .
l love this heart-shaped birthmark
she has on her neck.
I love the way she sometimes
licks her lips before she talks.
l love the s ound of her laugh.
l love the way s he looks
when s he's s leeping.
[ Pop ]
She's like the wind
I love how I hear this s ong
every every time I think of her.
I love how she makes me feel.
Like anything's possible,
or like- I don't know. Like
Like life is worth it.
This is not good.
[ Tom ]
She likes Magritte and Hopper.
And we talked
about Bananafish
for like 20 minutes.
We're so compatible,
it's insane.
She's well, she's not
like I thought at all.
She's amazing.
[ Rachel ]
Oh, boy.
Just 'cause some
cute girl likes the same
bizarro crap you do,
that doesn't make her
your soul mate, Tom.
- [ Male Voice ]
Red team wins!
- What do you mean?
- It's off.
- what?
- Me and Summer.
- Was it ever on?
No, but it could have been,
in a world where
good things happen to me.
- Yeah, well, that's not
really where we live.
- No.
[ Video Game Sounds ]
[ Sighs ]
So, what happened?
All right. You ready?
So there we are.
Nine more floors to ride,
just me and her.
Hey, Summer.
How was your weekend?
It was good.
Can you believe that shit?
I'm sorry. what shit?
- I think I missed something.
- She said, ''It was good.''
Emphasis on the ''good.''
She basically said she spent
the weekend having sex with
some guy she met at the gym.
Skank. Whatever.
I'm over it.
What the hell
is wrong with you?
She's not interested in me.
There's really nothing
I can do about that.
Just because
she said it was good?
And some other things.
Like, did she say, uh,
''hey'' instead of''hi''?
I mean, 'cause you know
that that that means
that she's a lesbian, right?
I gave her plenty ofchances.
I'm going to the supply room.
Do you guys need anything?
I thinkyou know what I need.
Uh, toner.
Okay. Sure. No problem.
[ Chuckles ]
[ Clicks ]
[ Rock ]
Good times for a change
See, the luck I've had
[ Volume Increases ]
Can make a good man turn bad
So, please, please, please
Let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want
[ Clicks off]
Whatever, man. It's fine.
I don't need this crap really.
I just, you know
I'm comfortable.
I'm unhassled.
People don't realize this,
but loneliness-
- It's underrated.
- You could just ask her out.
Don't be stupid.
[ Mouthing Words ]
This Friday, all you can
karaoke at the Mill.
Come on.
They're not gonna let you
back in there after last time.
Ah, I wasn't that bad.
Dude, you threw up
on the stage, you tried to
fight the bartender...
and you threatened to
burn the place down.
But I didn't
burn the place down.
We're not going back there, man.
Look. It's not like that, okay?
It's a work thing.
The whole office is going.
I can't go, even if I wanted
You're not listening to me.
The whole office is going.
[ Chattering ]
[ Man ]
Just like every cowboy
Sings a sad, sad song
Every rose has its thorn
They said you weren't coming.
You asked if I was
Goddamn. That song is brilliant!
what's up, Hansen?
[ Man ]
Summer. Summer
That's me.
Come on up.
[ Applause ]
Okay. I'm new,
so no making fun of me.
[ Man ] Whoo!
Thanks, chief.
[ Pop ]
Ah, thanks.
Yeah, man.
[ Continues ]
I got some troubles
but they won't last
I'm gonna lay right down
here in the grass
And pretty soon
all my troubles will pass
'Cause I'm in Su-Su-Su
Sugar Town
[ Cheering ]
[ Continues ]
[ Fades ]
Like, that's what I was
I guess.
[ Chuckles ]
I didn't, uh I didn't know
you were gonna join us.
I would have gotten you,
you know, a drink, or-
I'm good.
You're good?
You You were great
great up, uh, singing.
I wanted to sing ''Born To Run,''
but they didn't have it.
I love ''Born To Run.''
Me too.
Tom's from NewJersey.
Yeah. I grew up there.
Uh, I lived there till I was 1 2.
I named my cat
after Springsteen.
No kidding.
What-what was his name?
That makes sense.
[ Chuckles ]
So, do you have a boyfriend?
- No.
- Why not?
- 'Cause I don't want one.
- Come on. I don't believe that.
You don't believe
that a woman could enjoy
being free and independent?
[ Robotic Voice ]
Are you a lesbian?
No, I'm not a lesbian.
I just don't feel comfortable
being anyone's girlfriend.
I don't actually feel
comfortable being anyone's
anything, you know.
- I don't know what
you're talking about.
- Really?
[ Chuckles ]
Okay. Let me
break it down foryou.
- Break it down.
- Okay. I like being on my own.
Relationships are messy,
and people's feelings get hurt.
Who needs it? We're young.
We live in one of
the most beautiful
cities in the world.
Might as well have fun
while we can and...
save the serious stufffor later.
Holy shit. You're a dude.
She's a dude.
Okay. But wait, wait.
What happens ifyou fall in love?
[ Chuckles ]
Well, you don't
believe that, do you?
It's love.
It's not Santa Claus.
Well, what does
that word even mean?
I've been in relationships,
and I don't think I've ever seen it.
Well, maybe that's-
And most marriages end
in divorce these days.
Like my parents.
Okay. Mine too, but
Methinks the lady
doth protest too much.
The lady dothn't.
There's no such thing as love.
It's a fantasy.
Well, I thinkyou're wrong.
Okay. Well,
what is it that
I'm missing then?
I thinkyou know it
when you feel it.
I guess we can just
agree to disagree.
- [ Slams Table ]
- Okay. Who's singing next?
I nominate
Young werther here.
I'm not nearly
drunk enough to
[ Summer] Whoo! whoo!
outside there's a boxcar waiting
Outside the family stew
out by the fire breathing
[ Both ]
whoo! whoo!
Outside we wait
till our face turns blue
I know the nervous walking
I know the dirty beard
Out by the boxcarwaiting
Take me away
to nowhere plains
There is a wait so long
[ Woman ]
So long, so long
There is a wait so long
Here comes your man
whoo! You're good!
Here comes your man
Here comes your man
[ Summer ] ls it-
[ Vocalizes ]
It's not?
No, that's not it.
[ Chuckles ]
what is that then?
I don't know. That
That That's something,
but that's not it.
I know.
Ah, I used to
watch it every week.
Oh. Yeah!
It was the best show on TV.
I know.
Knight Rider? Come on.
And the theme song is really good.
So good.
This is gonna
bother me for a week.
Me too.
And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I'd like to entertain
[ Slurring ]
[ Microphone Feedback ]
- You were amazing.
- [ Tom ]
I know, buddy.
You're amazing.
[ Chuckles ]
This was so much fun.
You guys are so much
Wait! wait! Hey.
What's up?
Not you.
[ Chuckles ]
He likes you.
He likes likes you!
Good night, McKenzie.
why don't you just
tell her, Tom?
You guys are the best!
Sorryyou had to see that. He's
Happens every time we come here.
He, uh I don't know.
Something about
that guy and singing.
[ Chuckles ]
Is that true?
Yeah, yeah.
He drinks, and he sings
and just loses his shit.
No, uh, not McKenzie.
Um, the other thing.
What thing?
Do you... like me?
[ Laughs ]
Yeah, ofcourse I like you.
As friends?
Right. As friends.
Just as friends?
Yeah. I mean, I I don't know.
I hadn't really thought about, um
Yes. why?
No reason. I just
I thinkyou're interesting,
and I'd like for us to be friends.
Is that all right?
Yeah. It's, um
Yeah. You and me.
We should be friends.
Okay. Good.
Well, I'm that way, so
Okay. Well, good night.
Good night.
- Hey.
- Hi.
[ Machines Beeping ]
[ Whirring ]
So, that was fun
the other night.
[ Copier whirs, Stops ]
[ Knocking ]
[ Knocking Continues ]
You son ofa bitch.
The same girl you've been
obsessing over for weeks now?
I've not been obsessing.
The girl you said was out
ofyour league, that you'd
never have a chance with.
That girl.
Paul, seriously.
Did you bang her?
what, hum job?
Hand job?
Man, no.
Nojobs. I'm still unemployed.
We- We kissed.
Level with me, man. Come on.
This is your best friend, huh?
Your best friend who tolerated
you whining about this girl
for weeks on end.
You were essentially
stalking her!
- Paul! Shh!
- [ Door opening ]
[ Stereo: Man Singing Pop ]
- Hi.
- Hey.
I'm Summer.
I'm Paul.
Hi, Paul. Nice to meet you.
Well, I gotta go.
I gotta do some, you know.
Yeah, man.
Um, pretend
I was never here.
Oh, wait! Tom, Tom, Tom, Tom.
Um, ifanyjobs come up
Thanks, Paul! See ya!
[ Door opens, Closes ]
He's, uh, you know,
an old friend.
Ifyou heard any of, um
Heard what?
Nothing. You wanna go?
Yeah. I'm stalking.
I mean, I'm starving.
[ Chattering ]
Ah, hon?
Our sink is broken.
Man, all ofour sinks
are broken.
[ Tom ]
what are we looking for again?
Uh, trivets.
How 'bout a flygel?
[ Chuckles ]
No, I don't think so.
No? You don't
want a flygel?
[ Chuckling ]
[ Sighs ]
Home sweet home.
Our place really
is lovely, isn't it?
Ooh! Idol's on.
[ Chuckles ]
The TV's not working.
Well, I'm famished.
Let's eat.
[ Rock ]
Mmm. Smells delicious.
Oh, honey, that's because
it is delicious.
I made it myself.
Bald eagle.
Your favorite.
[ Chuckling ]
The sink's broken.
Well, that's okay, because...
that's why we bought a home
with two kitchens.
You're so smart.
I'll race you to the bedroom.
[ Man ]
Left behind
There goes the fear again
Let it go
There goes the fear
[ Fades ]
Darling, I don't know
how to tell you this,
but... there's a Chinese family
in our bathroom.
[ Chuckling ]
[ Giggling ]
This is fun.
[ Whistling ]
You're fun.
Hey, um,
I just wanna tell you
that, um,
I'm not really looking...
for anything... serious.
Is that okay?
'Cause some people
kind offreak out
when they hear that.
No, not me.
You sure?
Yeah. Like, casual.
Right? Take it slow.
No pressure.
[ Sighs ]
[ Whispers ]
Can you, uh
Can you wait one second?
[ Door opens, Closes ]
Okay. Settle.
She'sjust a girl.
Just a girl.
She wants to keep it casual,
which is why she's
in my bed right now.
But that's casual.
That's what casual people do.
That's fine. That's great.
[ Pop ]
what I want you've got
and it might be hard to handle
Like the flame that burns the candle
The candle feeds the flame
Yeah, yeah
what I've got full stock
ofthoughts and dreams
that scatter
[ Fireworks Whistle, Explode ]
You're pullin' them all together
And I can't explain
oh, yeah
Well, well, you
Ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh
You make my dreams come true
Ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh
well, well, well, you
Ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh
oh, yeah
You make my dreams come true
ooh-ooh, you, ooh-ooh
Yeah, oh, yeah
on a night when bad dreams
become a screamer
when they're messin'
with the dreamer
[ Crowd Cheering ]
I can laugh it in the face
Twist and shout my way out
And wrap yourselfaround me
'Cause I ain't the wayyou found me
And I'll never be the same
oh, yeah
Well, well, you
You make my dreams come true
ooh-ooh, you, ooh-ooh
whoa, yeah
well, well, well, you
Ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh
You make my dreams come true
ooh-ooh, you, ooh-ooh
[ Chirping ]
oh-oh-oh, yeah
Now listen to this
I'm down on my daydream
oh, that sleepwalk
should be over by now
[ Bell Dings ]
Oh, no
Yeah, you
[ Bell Dings ]
[ Sighs ]
You know, I'm gonna I'm gonna
I'm gonna get Alfredo's number.
And I'll And I'll bring it to you.
Is this Solitaire?
So, did you get her back
yet or what?
Working on it.
Hey, maybe you should
write a book.
Well, you know, Henry Miller
said the best way
to get over a woman...
is to turn her into literature.
Well, that guy had
a lot more sex than me.
[ Computer Chimes ]
Oh, this is it! This is it!
[ Summer's Voice ]
So great to hear from you.
I can't this week, but maybe next?
l hope this means
you're ready to be friends.
[ Summer Vocalizing
Theme From Knight Rider]
[ Continues ]
Yeah, that's it. That is it.
Your girl is losing it.
[ Tom ]
Can you just be serious,
forjust a second?
I am being totally serious.
No, you'rejoking around.
No, I am notjoking around.
''Octopus's Garden''?
Yes, ''octopus's Garden''
is the best Beatles song
ever recorded.
Why don't you just say ''Piggies''?
Come on. I love Ringo Starr!
Nobody loves Ringo Starr.
That's what
I love about him.
No, no.
[ Giggling ]
[ Summer ]
ooh, this looks good.
Gets really good reviews.
[ Shower Running ]
[ Woman Moaning ]
You know what?
That looks pretty doable.
why are you
asking me now?
Because this was your idea.
[ Summer Laughing ]
Put your hand there.
Wait one second.
Three, two, one!
[ Summer Laughing ]
Yeah, the street level
isn't so exciting, but-
Like, ifyou look up
[ Man ]
[ Tom ]
The Fine Arts Building.
The guys who designed this,
Walker and Eisen,
are... two of my favorites.
Isn't that cool?
Too soon
This is my favorite spot.
This is?
This is your favorite spot?
Right here.
How come?
[ Chuckles ]
Uh, I don't know.
It's kind of hard to explain,
I guess.
Well, try.
Um Well, okay.
Like, that building that's, uh
That's been there since 1 91 1 .
And that that's the Continental.
That's L.A.'s first skyscraper.
It was built in 1 904.
What is that?
That's a parking lot.
Yeah. That's-
That's also a parking lot.
That's, um Yeah.
There's a lot of beautiful
stuff here too though.
I don't know.
I just... wish people
would notice it more.
If it were me, then, uh
If it were you what?
I don't know. I think
I'd... make 'em notice.
How would you
make them notice?
I don't know.
There's a lot ofdifferent
stuffyou could do.
Show me.
Please. I don't know
anything about architecture.
[ Laughing ]
You want me to
drawyou something?
I don't have any paper.
Well, use my arm.
Please, I need a tattoo.
well, let's see your arm.
That's the spirit.
Well, the buildings need
to be integrated better, so
You could maximize
light capacity here.
It's kind of messy.
That's okay.
[ Sets Keys Down ]
[ Narrator]
For Tom Hansen, this was the night
where everything changed.
That wall Summer
so often hid behind
the wall ofdistance, ofspace, ofcasual
that wall was slowly coming down.
For here was Tom, in her world,
a place few had been invited
to see with their own eyes.
And here was Summer,
wanting him there.
Him, no one else.
Have you ever been
in a tornado?
[ Chuckling ]
It's that and
my teeth falling out.
I have that too!
You do?
Yeah! It's so weird.
It's like being an old man.
[ Chuckles ]
What else do you have?
Um, earthquakes?
[ Laughing ]
[ Summer ]
You know, I dream
sometimes about flying.
It starts out like I'm running
really, really fast.
I'm, like, superhuman.
And the terrain starts to get
really rocky and steep.
And then I'm running so fast
that my feet aren't even
touching the ground.
And I'm floating,
and it's like this amazing,
amazing realness.
l'm free. I'm safe.
Then I realize,
l'm completely alone.
And then I wake up.
[ Narrator]
As he listened, Tom began to realize...
that these weren't stories
routinely told.
These were stories
one had to earn.
[ Continues, Faint ]
He could feel the wall coming down.
He wondered ifanyone else
had made it this far.
which is why the next six words
changed everything.
I've never told anybody
that before.
I guess I'm notjust anybody.
- [ Video Game Beeping ]
- So what are you exactly?
I don't know.
Are you her boyfriend?
It's not that simple.
Sure, it is.
What, like,
are we going steady?
Come on, guys.
You know, we're we're adults.
We know how we feel.
We don't need
to put labels on it.
I mean,
''boyfriend,'' ''girlfriend.''
All that stuff is
It's reallyjuvenile.
You sound gay.
You really do.
Okay, first ofall,
your last girlfriend
was Amy Sussman
in the seventh grade,
and you dated
for, like, three hours.
And you
you've been with Robyn
since what like 1 998?
'97. See
[ Video Game Beeps,
Ending Theme Plays ]
I don't think the two ofyou
are exactly authorities
on modern relationships.
So, what should I do?
You should ask her.
[ Sighs ]
Well, why rock the boat,
is what I'm thinking.
I mean,
things are going well.
You start putting labels on it,
that's like the kiss ofdeath.
It's like saying, ''I love you.''
Yeah, I know what you mean.
That's what happened
between me and Sean.
Who the hell's Sean?
My boyfriend
before Mark.
Who the- Never mind.
So, what you're saying
I'm saying you do
want to ask her.
It's obvious.
You'rejust afraid you'll get
an answeryou don't want,
which will shatter
all the illusions of how great
these past few months have been.
Now look, if it were me,
I'd find out now before you
show up at her place...
and, well, she's in bed
with Lars from Norway.
[ Applause ]
Who's Lars from Norway?
Just some guy
she met at the gym...
with Brad Pitt's face
and Jesus' abs.
[ Whistle Blows ]
Wait! No, Coach.
We're not done here.
Look, it's easy, Tom.
Just don't be a pussy.
[ Acoustic Guitar ]
[ woman Singing In French ]
You okay?
You sure?
I gotta askyou something.
What are we, um
What are we doing?
I thought we were going
to the movies.
Yeah. Nah, I mean, like,
what are we, like-
What's going on here, with us?
I don't know.
Who cares?
I'm happy.
Aren't you happy?
[ Continues ]
[ Vocalizing Along To Song ]
[ Continues ]
[ Ends ]
London, 1 964.
Those girls knew how to dress.
Nowadays, it's all
these giant sunglasses...
and tattoos.
It's handbags with
little dogs in them.
who okayed this?
Some people like it.
I like howyou dress.
I was thinking about
getting a butterfly tattoo
about yea big on my ankle.
[ Chuckles ]
How's it going?
Uh, okay.
You live around here?
Um, yeah, not too far.
I've never
seen you here before.
You're not too observant.
That's funny. You're funny.
So let me buyyou a drink.
No, thankyou.
You with this guy?
Hey, I'm Tom.
So, come on. One drink.
What are you drinking?
I said no, thanks.
You're serious? This guy?
Hey, buddy-
You know what?
Don't be rude.
I'm flattered,
but I'm not interested.
So why don't you go over there
and leave us alone? Thanks.
It's a free country.
I can't believe
this is your boyfriend.
What are you doing?
[ Glass Clattering ]
[ Chuckling ]
It was reallyjust a crazy thing.
It happened like
It felt like it happened
fast, but really,
it it also felt like it
was happening really slowly,
like everything all wasjust
I don't know. It doesn't
feel like you think it would
[ Slams Drawer ]
Hey, what's the matter?
I just I can't believe you.
You can't believe me?
You were so completely,
completely uncool in there.
Wait. Are you mad at me?
I just got my ass kicked foryou.
Oh, really? Was that for me?
Was that for my benefit?
Yes, it was.
Okay, well, next time don't,
'cause I don't need your help.
You know what?
I'm really tired.
Can we talk about this tomorrow?
[ Siren Wailing In Distance ]
[ Exhales ]
No. You know what?
I'm not going anywhere
till you tell me what's going on.
Nothing's going on.
[ Exhales ]
What? We'rejust what?
We'rejust friends.
No! Don't pull that with me!
Don't even try to
This is not how
you treat your friend.
Kissing in the copy room?
Holding hands in IKEA?
Shower sex? Come on!
Friends, my balls!
I like you, Tom.
I just don't want a relationship
well, you're not the only one
that gets a say in this!
I do too! And I say we're
a couple, goddamn it!
[ opens Door, Slams ]
Afteryou, please.
[ Sighs ]
[ Thunder Rumbling ]
[ Doorbell Buzzes ]
[ Sighs ]
I shouldn't have done that.
Done what?
Gotten mad at you.
I'm sorry.
[ Exhales ]
Look, we don't have to
put a label on it.
That's fine. I get it.
But, you know, I just-
I need some consistency.
I know.
I need to know that
you're not gonna wake up
in the morning...
and... feel differently.
And I can't give you that.
[ Exhales ]
Nobody can.
[ Whistling ]
[ Sighs, Hisses ]
That hurt? I'm sorry.
No, it doesn't hurt.
I like you.
[ Chuckles ]
[ Giggles ]
All right.
You loved her
You were kissing
Shh. well, what about you?
Did you ever even
have a boyfriend?
Well, ofcourse.
Well, tell me about them.
Oh? why not?
Because it's not important.
I'm interested.
[ Sighs ]
All right. Fine.
You want to go there?
Yeah. I can take it.
Well, in high school
there was Markus.
- Quarterback-slash-homecoming king?
- [ Whistle Blows ]
No. He was a rower.
He was very hot.
[ Chuckles ]
For a brieftime in college
there was, um there was Charlie.
She was nice, but
And then there was
my semester in Sienna.
Fernando Belardelli.
Also known as ''The Puma.''
- The Puma?
- Yeah, The Puma, 'cause, you know.
Oh, that's it?
The ones that lasted, yeah.
What happened? Why-
Why didn't they work out?
What always happens. Life.
[ Exhales ]
That's the dumbest thing
I've ever heard.
No, it's not.
It's awesome. Trust me.
I'm serious.
I'll go first.
[ Exhales ]
There's kids around.
There are no kids around.
[ Giggling ]
You having fun?
This is the kind ofthing
you did with The Puma, isn't it?
Oh, we rarely left the room.
[ Loud ]
Sorry. Tourette's.
You know how it is.
She has it too. Penis!
Shh. Everyone's
looking over here.
I'm done. I'm done.
Are you done?
I'm done.
You're done?
This is too much.
Unleash me. I'm done.
I promise.
I promise.
[ Screaming ]
[ Laughing ]
It's very complex.
In a way, it sort of, like,
says... so much...
saying so little.
Do you want to go
to the movies?
[ No Audible Dialogue ]
[ Film: Man Speaking French ]
[ French Continues ]
[ Man Speaking Swedish ]
[ Man Speaking Swedish ]
So much suffering.
[ Man Speaking Swedish Continues ]
[ Speaks French ]
[ French ]
[ orchestra: Dramatic ]
Mr. Vance would like to
see you in his office.
[ Knocks ]
Have a seat.
[ Exhales ]
Has something happened
to you recently?
What do you mean?
A death in the family,
someone taken ill
Anything like that.
Look, I don't mean to pry, but...
does this have something to do
with Summer leaving?
My assistant.
Your, um
Tom, everyone knows.
Never mind.
The reason I'm asking is,
latelyyour work performance...
has been... a little off.
I'm not following.
Um, here's something
that you wrote last week.
Uh, ''Roses are red,
violets are blue.
Fuckyou, whore.''
Now, most shoppers
at Valentine's Day-
Mr. Vance, are you firing me?
No. No.
Relax, Hansen.
You're one ofthe good ones.
Okay. Uh, yeah, I'm sorry.
Things have been a little difficult.
That's okay. I completely
understand that.
I'm just saying
that perhaps you could
channel those energies,
um, into something like this.
Funerals and sympathy.
Misery, sadness, loss offaith,
no reason to live.
This is perfect foryou.
Good. okay.
Now back to workyou go.
Don't you have, like,
Nope. All done.
Really? Can you help me?
'Cause I've run out ofways
to say ''congrats.''
Okay. I got ''Good job,''
''Well done'' and ''Way to go.''
That's it.
How 'bout, ''Every day
you make me proud,
but todayyou get a card.''
Shit, that's good!
I know.
Have you tried ''Merry''?
Wow! That's perfect! Merry!
We've been stuck on this
for an hour.
Hmm. How about...
''I love us''?
I hate Summer.
I hate her crooked teeth.
l hate her 1 960s haircut.
I hate her knobby knees.
And I hate her cockroach-shaped
splotch on her neck.
I hate the way she smacks her lips
before she talks.
And I hate the way she sounds
when she laughs.
[ Man ]
She's like the wind
I hate this song!
Son, you're gonna
have to exit the vehicle.
[ Woman ]
l normally don't do blind dates,
but Paul and Robyn spoke
very highly ofyou.
They said you write
greeting cards.
That's so interesting.
I wanted to write.
I actually majored
in English in college,
but what are you gonna do
with that degree?
I went to Brown.
where did you go?
Listen, it's great to meet you,
and... you're a very attractive girl.
I just wanted to say up front
that this isn't
It's not gonna go anywhere.
I liked this girl.
I mean, I loved her.
What does she do?
She took a giant shit
on my face.
Not literally.
That's disgusting.Jesus.
What's the matter with you?
The point is,
I'm messed up. I am.
You know, on the one hand,
I want to forget her.
On the other hand,
I know that she's the only person
in the entire universe
that will make me happy.
You ever do this?
You think back on the times
you had with someone, replay it
in your head over and over again,
and you look for those
first signs oftrouble.
There's two options really.
Either... she's an evil,
miserable human being,
or... she's a robot.
Small Wonder.
You know, Vicki.
That would explain
a lot actually.
Can I askyou a question?
She never cheated on you?
No. Never.
She ever take advantage
ofyou in any way?
And she told you up front
that she didn't want a boyfriend.
I got a great idea.
Well, some things
you can explain away
But my heartache's in me
every day
Did you stand by me
No, not at all
Oh, fine! Go!
That's fine. See ya.
Waste oftime.
You don't look anything
like Summer.
[ Man on P.A. ]
Now departing on Track 2,
Pacific Surfliner.
Full service to Santa Barbara.
[ Engineer ]
All aboard, please.
Hey, baby.
Hey, you here?
Hell no.
What do you mean,
''Hell no''?
I'm not going to that.
Yes, you are.
No, man. It's gonna be
all old people.
Yeah, but you said you were going.
That's why I'm going.
And that's why
I called her last night,
told her I was sick.
Like a ninja.
Dude! I'm gonna I'm not gonna
know anybody at this thing.
Maybe you'll meet
some hot granddaughters
or something.
I'm hanging up now.
Bye, baby.
[ Man on P.A. ]
May I have your attention, please?
Passengers boarding the train
in Los Angeles, please...
have your tickets out
and ready for collection.
[ Continues, Indistinct ]
Hi, Tom!
Hey. Summer.
I must have walked right byyou.
Well, um, what are you doing?
Are you going to Millie's?
Me too.
- I forgot you knew her.
- Yeah, we worked together
all that time, so
I love Millie.
She's the sweetest.
She is.
- How are you?
- I'm good.
Good. I-I wrote to you.
I never heard back, but
Yeah. Yeah. Sorry about that.
I I just, you know-
It got kind ofcrazy,
and the holidays came up,
so work was
You still working forVance?
Well, I was gonna go get a coffee
ifyou wanna
[ Chuckles ]
''The Architecture of Happiness.''
That looks
like a good book.
Yeah, it's-
[ Clears Throat ]
Well, I don't want
to botheryou.
No, no. I, um
Yeah, let's get coffee.
[ Man ]
[ No Audible Dialogue ]
Too soon
A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs
You look nice.
So do you.
[ whispers ]
I now pronounce you
husband and wife.
You may kiss the bride.
[ Woman ]
Helping the kids out oftheir coats
Wait, the babies haven't been born
Oh, oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh
Unpacking the bags and setting up
And planting lilacs and buttercups
[ Summer ]
okay. what else you got?
[ Continues, Faint ]
Well, you snore.
No, I don't.
You do.
No, I don't.
Well, you do too.
Oh, I definitely do.
And your feet reek.
That one time!
No, every time.
That one time!
[ Chuckling ]
That one time especially,
but every time.
And when you wake up,
your hair, it sticks up like that.
It's ridiculous.
You're ridiculous.
Your favorite Beatle is Ringo.
Damn right!
Ringo's the best.
Ringo is-
Oh! oh! oh!
Man! He's fast. Damn! All right.
You got me. Duck.
[ Giggling ]
At last
My love has come along
My lonely days are over
One, two, three.
[ Exhales ]
And life is like a song
Wanna dance?
Oh, at last
The skies above are blue
Hey, I was wondering, um
I was gonna maybe have
a party on Friday, um,
on our rooftop that has,
like, a really nice garden,
ifyou want to come.
Foryou are mine
Ifyou're not busy.
At last
I don't think I will be.
[ Chuckling ]
They're good, huh?
They are good.
[ Ends ]
I guess I just got lucky.
Um, we met in elementary school.
In seventh grade
we had the same class schedule,
and, uh,
wejust clicked, you know?
Shit, I don't know.
As long as she's cute
and she's willing, right?
I'm flexible on the cute, so
Twenty-one years.
She's the light that guides me home.
Yes, that is from one ofour cards.
No. Someone else wrote it.
Doesn't make it less true.
I think technically
the ''girl of my dreams''...
would probably have, like,
a really bodacious rack, you know.
Maybe different hair.
You know, she'd probably be
a little more into sports.
But, um, truthfully,
Robyn's Robyn's better
than the girl of my dreams.
She's real.
[ Woman ]
He never, ever saw it coming at all
[ Buzzes ]
Never, ever saw it coming at all
[ Narrator]
Tom walked to her apartment,
intoxicated by the promise ofthe evening.
It's all right
It's all right
He believed that this time...
his expectations would align with reality.
It's all right
Hey, open wide
Here comes original sin
Hey, open wide
Here comes original sin
You look nice.
[ Chuckles ]
Yeah. Thanks.
I like your tie. Wow!
Howyou doing?
Good. How are you?
It's all right
It's all right
It's all right
lt's all right, it's all right
It's all right
No one's got it all
I, um, brought you something.
No one's got it all
That's so nice.
No one's got it all
You shouldn't have.
That's so nice.
It's the-
Thankyou so much.
No problem.
I'm excited to read it.
Come on.
And we're going to these meetings
- So, Tom, what is it that you do?
- Uh, I write greeting cards.
Tom could be
a really great architect
if he wanted to be.
[ Woman ]
That's unusual.
I mean, what made you go
from one to the other?
I guess I just figured,
why make something disposable,
like a building,
when you can make something
that lasts forever, like a greeting card?
[ Chuckles ]
It's all right
lt's all right
It's all right
lt's all right
[ Chuckles ]
It's all right
No one's got it all
Do you guys
know each other?
No one's got it all
Power to the people
We don't want it
we want pleasure
And the TVs try to rape us
And I guess that they're succeeding
And we're going to these meetings
But we're not doing any meeting
And we're trying to be faithful
But we're cheating
cheating, cheating
I'm the hero ofthe story
Don't need to be saved
It's all right
It's all right
lt's all right, it's all right
It's all right
lt's all right
It's all right
lt's all right, it's all right
It's all right
lt's all right
No one's got it all
All, all
All, all
[ Alarm Buzzing ]
[ Rock ]
[ Man ]
Hung up and bent on a stranger
Just trying to swing a full-time ride
I never knew the cold hand ofdanger
Till I met this one and took it inside
Now I can't get near it
Get a room! Really.
Don't want to hear it
My cover's blown
I walked in the rain like a drone
All the way to Marquette
[ Alarm Buzzing ]
The infinite pet
Oh, no
No, no, no, no, no
Cheaper than all your threats
No, no
I've been calling you
every five minutes.
Are you okay?
I'm great.
What happened to you?
I don't wanna talk about it.
You always wanna
talk about it.
Not this.
Okay. well, come on.
Let's go.
where are we going?
It's Thursday!
This one says, ''Go for it!''
And this one says,
''You can do it!''
we have a whole line
of inspirational photographic cards...
featuring Pickles, my cat.
l think people will really enjoy them.
- Thankyou.
- [ Vance ]
Good job, Rhoda.
That's inspirational stuff.
Okay. Who's next?
We haven't heard from
Sympathy in a while.
The Winter Collection?
Do you have anything
to contribute?
Uh, no.
I really don't.
[ Clears Throat ]
We'll come back to you.
Uh, McKenzie?
Actually, you know what?
Yes, Tom?
Can I say something
about the cat?
Well, okay.
Yeah, uh, this is
And, Rhoda, no disrespect here,
but, um, this is total shit.
''Go for it'' and ''You can do it''?
That's not inspirational.
That's suicidal.
If Pickles goes for it right there,
that's a dead cat.
These are lies. we're liars.
Think about it.
Why do people buy these things?
It's not 'cause they want
to say how they feel.
People buy cards 'cause
they can't say how they feel,
or they're afraid to.
We provide the service
that lets them offthe hook.
You know what?
I say, to hell with it!
Let's level with America.
At least let them speak
for themselves! Right?
I mean, look! What what is this?
What does it say?
on your new baby.'' Right?
How 'bout, ''Congratulations
on your new baby.
- That's it for hanging out.
Nice knowing you.''
- Sit down, Hansen.
How 'bout this one, with all
the pretty hearts on the front?
I know where this is going. Yep!
''Happy Valentine's Day,
sweetheart. I love you.''
That sweet? Ain't love grand?
This is exactly
what I'm talking about.
What does that even mean, ''love''?
Do you know? Do you? Anybody?
Ifsomebody gave me this card,
Mr. Vance, I would eat it.
It's- It's these cards,
and the movies, and the pop songs
They're to blame for all the lies...
and the heartache, everything.
And we're responsible.
I'm responsible.
I think we do a bad thing here.
People should be able
to say how they feel
how they really feel
not, you know, some words
that some strangers
put in their mouths.
Words like ''love''...
that don't mean anything.
Sorry. I'm sorry. I, uh
I quit. I'm
There's enough bullshit
in the world without my help.
[ Elevator Bell Dings ]
[ Woman ]
All right. Next we do running drills.
Hey, you're sketching again.
Yeah, well,just doodling.
Okay, Tom. we got 20 seconds.
Talk to me. You okay?
Yeah, I'm good. I'm great.
You know, my friends
are all in love with you.
You know, it's like we said.
Plenty ofother fish
in the sea.
But, uh, those are guppies.
[ Chuckles ]
Hey, Tom?
Look, I knowyou think
that she was the one,
but I don't.
Now, I thinkyou'rejust
remembering the good stuff.
Next time you look back, I, uh
I really think
you should look again.
[ Acoustic Guitar: ''Bookends'' ]
It's playing at 5:00.
Do you wanna see it?
Um, I don't know.
We could just go back
to your place or-
No, I really want to see it.
Let's go.
[ ''Bookends'' Continues ]
Time it was and what a time it was
It was
A time of innocence
A time ofconfidences
You okay?
What what is it?
The movie?
It's nothing. I'm just
I'm just being stupid.
Preserve your memories
They're all that's left you
It pains me we live in a world...
where nobody's heard
I've never heard ofthem.
I put 'em on that mix
I made you.
They're track one.
Oh, yeah.
[ BellsJingling ]
So, what do you wanna do?
I think I'm just gonna
call it a day.
You don't wanna
get some dinner?
Are you hungry?
You all right?
I'm just tired.
I got it. Pancakes!
[ Ends ]
[ Rhythmic Banging ]
[ Banging Continues ]
[ Rock ]
[ Man ]
oh, girl, I don't know
all the reasons why
I found the answer
looking in your eye
I go out walking all day long
Take away this lonely man
Soon he will be gone
'Cause I'll tell you everything
About living free
Yes, I can see you, girl
Can you see me
You don't need to know
what I do all day
It's as much as I know
watch it waste away
'Cause I'll tell you everything
About living free
Yes, I can see you, girl
Can you see me
'Cause I'll tell you everything
About being free
Hey, Tom.
I thought I might see you here.
I always loved this place,
ever since you brought me.
So I, uh
I guess I should say
Only ifyou mean it.
Ah. Well, in that case
So, are you okay?
I will be, eventually.
You wanna
[ Sirens In Distance ]
I like your suit.
Ah, thanks.
You look sharp.
[ Laughs ]
So do you.
[ Chuckles ]
I quit the office.
You did?
I didn't know. That's great!
And you, um
you're married.
Yeah. It's crazy, huh?
You should have told me
when we were at the
I know.
You know, at the wedding
when we were dancing.
Well, he hadn't asked me yet.
But he was in your life.
So why'd you dance with me?
'Cause I wanted to.
You just do what you want,
don't you?
You neverwanted to be
anybody's girlfriend,
and now you're somebody's wife.
Surprised me too.
I don't think I'll ever
understand that.
I mean,
it doesn't make sense.
Itjust happened.
Right, but that's what
I don't understand.
Whatjust happened?
I just I just woke up one day,
and I knew.
Knew what?
What I was never sure ofwith you.
You know what sucks?
Realizing that everything
you believe in is complete
and utter bullshit.
It sucks.
What do you mean?
Uh, you know, destiny,
and soul mates, and true love,
and all that childhood
fairy tale nonsense.
You were right.
I-I should have listened to you.
Yeah. what?
What are you smiling at?
What are you looking at me
like that for?
Well, you know,
I guess it's 'cause...
I was sitting in a deli
and reading Dorian Gray
and... a guy comes up to me...
and asked me about it,
and... now he's my husband.
Yeah. And... so?
So, what if I'd gone to the movies?
What if I had gone
somewhere else for lunch?
What if I'd gotten there
It was
It was meant to be.
And I just kept thinking,
Tom was right.
Yeah, I did.
[ Laughs ]
I did.
Itjust wasn't me
that you were right about.
I should go.
But I'm really happy to see
that you're doing well.
[ Whistling ]
I really do hope
that you're happy.
[ Narrator]
Most days ofthe year
are unremarkable.
They begin and they end...
with no lasting memories
made in between.
Most days have no impact...
on the course ofa life.
May 23 was a Wednesday.
Are you interviewing?
Are you interviewing
for the position?
Oh, yeah. why? Are you?
My competition.
It would appear.
Yeah. So, a little awkward.
Well, I hope you, um,
don't get thejob.
Well, I hope you
don't get thejob.
[ Laughs ]
[ Laughs ]
Have I seen you before?
Me? I don't think so.
Do you ever go
to Angelus Plaza?
Yes. That's, like,
my favorite spot in the city.
Yeah. Okay. Except for
the parking lots, but
Yeah. I I agree.
Yeah, yeah.
I think I've seen you there.
I haven't seen you.
You must not
have been looking.
[ Narrator]
lfTom had learned anything,
it was that you can't ascribe
great cosmic significance...
to a simple earthly event.
That's all anything ever is.
Nothing more than coincidence.
[ Man ]
Tom Hansen.
Come on back.
Tom had finally learned
there are no miracles.
There's no such thing as fate.
Nothing is meant to be.
He knew. He was sure of it now.
Tom was
Sorry. Um
I just left, uh
Can I one second.
[ Narrator]
He was pretty sure.
- Hey.
- You again.
Yeah. I, uh, wasjust wondering...
if maybe after this, if, um, you
you want to get some coffee
or something.
Oh, I'm sorry.
I'm sort ofsupposed to
meet someone after this.
What's that?
[ Laughs ]
why not?
Okay. Well, then I'll just, uh
I'll wait foryou
we- We'll figure it out.
we'll figure it out.
- My name's Tom.
- Nice to meet you. I'm Autumn.
[ Man ]
She's got you high
and you don't even knowyet
She's got you high
and you don't even knowyet
The sun's in the sky
It's warming up your bare legs
And you can't deny
you're looking for the sunset
She's got you high
and you don't even knowyet
It's the search for the time
before it leaves without you
Have you lost your mind
or has she taken all ofyours too
What's this about
I figured love would shine through
We've lost romance
This world, its turns will see you through
open your mind
Believe it's gonna come true
Keep romance alive
and hope she's gonna tell you
What's this about
I figured love would shine through
We've lost romance
This world, its turns will see you through
open your mind
Believe it's gonna come true
Keep romance alive
and hope she's gonna tell you
She's got you high
and you don't even knowyet
The sun's in the sky
It makes for happy endings
You can't deny
you want a happy ending
What's this about
I figured love would shine through
We've lost romance
This world, its turns will see you through
open your mind
Believe it's gonna come true
Keep romance alive
and hope she's gonna tell you
She's got you high
What's this about
I figured love would shine through
We've lost romance
This world, its turns will see you through
open your mind
Believe it's gonna come true
Keep romance alive
and hope she's gonna tell you
What's this about
I figured love would shine through
We've lost romance
This world, its turns will see you through
open your mind
Believe it's gonna come true
Keep romance alive
and hope she's gonna tell you
She's got you high