It would be pretty easy to say that “(500) Days of Summer,” which came out ten years ago this week, has not aged well. But I don’t think that’s necessarily true. Because I seriously doubt this movie was ever very good, that it’s as noxious and toxic now as it was the day it came out.

The movie was directed by Marc Webb, who has spent the last decade trying to ruin both the Spider-Man franchise and Andrew Garfield’s career. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel as a Tom and Summer (Do you get the title? Isn’t it clever and cute and good?), a pair who fall in and out of love, ultimately bucking romantic comedy trends and deciding to stay apart.

Before the movie even starts, there’s a note that flashes onto the screen. It calls a woman named Jenny Beckman a bitch. Some rudimentary Googling reveals that she is the ex-girlfriend of Scott Neustadter, who wrote “(500) Days of Summer.” That’s the first thing this movie wants us to take away, that the writer’s ex is a bitch.

And that’s the central problem with (500) Days of Summer. There is nothing but pure venom lacing through this movie. They try to hide it behind some inspired camera movements and an aggressively peppy late 2000’s soundtrack, but the toxicity of this story rises to the top regardless.

The movie never tries to contradict Tom’s point of view. It’s a bitter, angry film because he’s a bitter, angry guy. He views Summer not as a person, but as a prize for him to win. He relishes when she tells him stories she hasn’t told anyone else. He makes her recount her former lovers so he can feel superior to them. Her experience isn’t as her own entity, but character in his story.

Tom falls for Summer after she recognizes The Smiths' “There is a Light That Never Goes Out,” and he is flabbergasted that a woman could possibly know about one of the most famous alternative rock songs ever written. He only seems interested in her when she’s interested in him. He talks endlessly about his failed architecture career without ever asking about her.

The most frustrating part is that there is potential for a thoughtful, interesting movie here. On a date, a woman confronts Tom on his behavior, pointing out that Summer never cheated on him or did anything deceitful, and that she mentioned from the beginning that she didn’t want a relationship. And Tom’s date is correct. His anger and hurt are unfounded. There’s an opportunity here for a meaningful discussion about millennial dating and monogamy. The film could grant Tom the unhappy ending he deserves, or at least give him a chance to learn how to co-exist with others.

But it doesn’t happen. The date leaves and everything is normal again. Tom is just a cool guy living a cool life that women just aren’t cool enough to get.

In the end, Tom uses the heartbreak Summer put him through to achieve his dream of being an architect. And suddenly that venomous dig about the screenwriter’s ex makes sense. Like Summer, the “bitch” mentioned in the beginning isn’t a human being, she was a speed bump he had to overcome in order to achieve his dreams.

Neustadter could have easily written this film without including a disclaimer about what an awful person his ex was. But that’s not the point. It’s not about his accomplishment. It’s about hurting her.

There’s a pivotal scene in which Summer gets upset with Tom after he fights a man who tried to hit on her in a bar. Ultimately, she apologizes. She’s wrong. He’s right. That’s all the movie has to say. That’s all it has to say about anything.

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