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Is It OK To Write About An Ex For Revenge, A La “(500) Days Of Summer”?

From the beginning, screenwriter Scott Neustadter said “(500) Days of Summer” was not a love story. To celebrate the movie’s opening in the UK, Scott penned an article this week for the Daily Mail titled, “Revenge is Writing a Film About the Girl Who Dumped You.” In it, he dishes about his failed relationship with Jenny Beckman. Remember the disclaimer in the opening credits? “Any resemblance to people living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you, Jenny Beckman. Bitch.” Scott is still pleading the fifth about whether or not his ex’s real name is Jenny Beckman. I hope for her sake, it’s not.

But something in his essay really struck me. He says that writing the movie, a thinly veiled account of his doomed relationship with Jenny, actually felt good. Keep reading »

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