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1* As seen above the movie could be considered to have a DownerEnding when [[spoiler:he begins pursuing relationship with Autumn because of the implications that he hasn't learned anything from his relationship with Summer and is about to do a HereWeGoAgain... unless you consider the importance of her different name: Autumn. Which means "change".]]˛** The ambiguousness is highlighted by Tom's appreciation of ''Film/TheGraduate'' which, similarly, has an ambiguous ending that would be considered a downer.˛*** Valid, however, the lead up to this shows him finally putting work in towards his other goals (working as an architect), instead of wasting time in the greeting card company. It implies that while he was waiting for a ManicPixieDreamGirl to come along and change his life, he's gotten over that and is taking steps towards finding happiness outside of his romantic relationships. If he happens to meet someone along the way, all the better, as he's better prepared for that, now.˛* FridgeBrilliance: Tom singing [[Music/TheClash "Train in Vain"]] after breaking up with Summer. You can be forgiven for not knowing it's a BreakupSong.˛* One of the movie's most common criticisms is that Summer is bland or uninteresting, as if she's merely an archetype rather than an actual human being. But you have to remember that this movie is in Tom's perspective, and that includes his view of Summer–a mere object that he can project his ideal of a ManicPixieDreamGirl onto instead of a person with thoughts and feeling and a life outside of being Tom's girlfriend. Summer is portrayed as a bland, flat archetype because that's how Tom sees her. She only becomes more nuanced and fully human towards the end of the movie, when Tom has matured enough to see past his previous view of her. This can also explain Zooey's rather emotionless acting; it was intentional on both her and the director's part, as she's merely an archetype for most of the movie.˛** Additionally, the whole "Tom is in love with the idea of Summer, not Summer herself" thing is further reinforced when Tom is describing what he loves about Summer to his friends. He's only talking about her superficial qualities, like her smile or her hair, not about any of her personality traits.


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