'(500) Days' and creative vindictiveness
If you’ve seen (500) Days of Summer, the name Jenny Beckman might ring a bell. No, she’s not the doe-eyed siren played by Zooey Deschanel. She’s the harpy barely mentioned in the legal disclaimer before the film: “…any resemblance to people living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you, Jenny Beckman. Bitch.”
Turns out co-writer Scott Neustadter fueled the script with his own personal heartbreak, once again proving the wisdom of Almost Famous‘ Lester Bangs (“While women will always be a problem for us, most of the great art in the world is about that very same problem.”) I’m not sure if spending years on a screenplay about your ex is the healthiest way to rebound from a painful relationship — a few nasty phone messages is probably much more cathartic –but it seems to have helped Neustadter.
What are some of your favorite pop-culture eff-yous, Popwatchers? Can I get some love for Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”?