'Wake Me Up When September Ends' (2005)


Cinematic music videos: Green Day’s ”Wake Me Up When September Ends”

GENRE Wartime drama

PLOT A pair of present-day lovers (top) are torn apart by the young man’s decision to join the military (bottom).

LYRICAL TIE-IN ”Summer has come and passed/The innocent can never last.”

SCENE STEALERS Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) and Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen) give a heartbreaking performance as the star-crossed couple.

UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT Wood’s response to Bell’s enlistment (middle) — a tearful repetition of the line ”Tell me you didn’t do it!” — packs more drama into a few seconds than some films do in two hours.