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'(500) Days' and creative vindictiveness

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500-Days-of-Summer_lIf 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”?