An Excerpt from The Shooting Script (500) Days of Summer by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber
Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber use the characters in their shooting script of the movie (500) Days of Summer to discuss the nature and meaning of love.
McKenzie: So you got a boyfriend? Summer: Nooo. Tom shoots daggers at McKenzie for that comment. McKenzie mouths “what?” Summers sees nothing. McKenzie: Why not? Summer: Don’t really want one. McKenzie: Come on. I don’t believe that. Summer: You don’t believe a woman could enjoy being free and independent? McKenzie: Are you a lesbian? Summer: No, I’m not a lesbian. I’m just not comfortable being somebody’s “girlfriend.” I don’t want to be anybody’s anything, you know? McKenzie: I have no idea what you’re talking about. Summer: It sounds selfish, I know, but . . . I just like being on my own. Relationships are messy and feelings get hurt. Who needs all that? We’re young. We’re in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I say, let’s have as much fun as we can have and leave the serious stuff for later. McKenzie: Holy shit. You’re a dude. Tom: (ignoring him) So then….what happens if you fall in love? Summer laughs at this. Tom: What? Summer: You don’t actually believe that, do you? Tom: Believe what? It’s love, it’s not Santa Claus. Summer: What does that word even mean? I’ve been in relationships before and I can tell you right now I’ve never seen it. Tom: Well maybe that’s cause — Summer: And I know that today most marriages end in divorce. Like my parents. Tom: Well mine too but — Summer: I read an article in the New Yorker, says that by stimulating a part of the brain with electrodes you can make a person fall in “love” with a rock. Is that the love you’re talking about? McKenzie: Me thinks the lady doth protest too much. Summer:(matter-of-fact) The lady dothn’t. (to Tom) There’s no such thing as “love.” It’s a fantasy. Tom: I think you’re wrong. Summer: Really? And what exactly is it I’m missing? Tom: You’ll know it when you feel it. Summer: (rolls her eyes) How bout we just agree to disagree.