Tom: What happens when you fall in love?
Summer: You believe in that?
Tom: It’s love, it’s not Santa Claus.
– “500 Days of Summer”

For someone who doesn’t often see movies while they are actually in the theater, it is out of the ordinary for me to have seen three movies in roughly three weeks. On Saturday I saw one of the best movies I have seen in a long time – “500 Days of Summer.”

The movie begins with some dialogue explaining that, yes, this is a story of boy meets girl, but there is one thing it is not.

And that is a love story.

This is where I beg to differ.

It is, indeed, a love story. But it’s not the kind of love story that you usually see in the movies. It wasn’t predictable – it made me happy; it made me sad. I felt optimistic and remembered exactly what feels great about being in love. I felt frustrated when I remembered what it feels like to lose that.

Here’s your plot – Tom is the guy that every girl wants to meet (or so I think). He is creative, artistic, listens to Brit-pop and wants to find his soulmate. On a chance encounter in his office, he meets Summer, who he immediately falls in love with. Summer insists that she doesn’t believe in love, doesn’t believe in relationships – they’re messy and she hates labels. As the story progresses, you see what looks to be a happy couple, from one side. From the other side, you see what really exists – a person who is too afraid to commit because she can’t acknowledge that she’s not truly happy. Instead, she hides behind excuses.

I don’t want to give away the movie, which is what makes writing this particular post so difficult. The happy moments that Tom and Summer share in the movie remind me of what I am looking for … or at least what I hope is out there. The sad moments remind me that, well, people can and will break your heart.

But in the end, it’s all worth it, isn’t it?