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One Day – Love Story or Complete Fiction?

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The film One Day opens today and this is totally the type of Rom Com I’d be down to watch. Two beautiful people (even hidden under bad hair and glasses) who don’t realize they’re made for each other…even though they meet up once a year and seem to moon over each other every time. They really need 20 years to figure this out?

Even though I’m down to see it, I have some grievances based on the trailer alone. I’m a little annoyed that 1. Anne must be the nerdy-secretly-pining-for-the-cool-guy because she wears glasses 2) even with CGI, the only way to age an actor is to give him gray hair at 27? and 3) Anne’s accent sounds horrible even though I thought she was convincing in Becoming Jane….but other than that, I’ll probably still see this movie.

But it does remind me that often what works in movies does not work in real life. When I think of the guy I pined for in college, I shudder to think where we’d be if we met up every year for decades for more of me pining, attempted pseudo-deep conversations and (apparently) skinny dipping. Here’s what it would look like if I were to do the One Day version of the guy I met in college.

I met Casey at a 60’s themed fraternity party while we were both freshmen in college. He was drunk.  I was sober and pulling designated driver duty (hence fulfilling the dutiful nerdy girl and cool guy scenario).  Casey was funny, relaxed (ie. drunk) and somehow looked way cooler in his 60’s themed outfit than I did. I found his carefree attitude to be a breath of fresh air. I didn’t realize it then, but what I perceived as a carefree attitude was, in fact,  him being near constantly stoned. Yep, that ‘fresh air’ was just a constant haze of marijuana and prescription pills. I did not realize this because I was a good girl and neither smoked pot nor took prescription pills (unless, of course, I had a real prescription). It was opposite attracts almost immediately. As far as I can tell from the trailer, so far my college guy is on track for the One Day script.

Casey managed to pull a 0.0 GPA his second semester of college. I’d have more respect if he just stopped showing up, but he was actually going to class and somehow failed them all.  After flunking out, his uber-wealthy Dallas family pulled him out of college, and I heard he was sent to some college in Florida.

We lost contact after that. So here’s my  theory on how our ‘One Day’ narrative would go from there.

5 years later – in our early twenties – Casey would still be high. Probably living in his parents’ guest house in a rich Dallas neighborhood. He’d be begrudgingly working for his father, but bottling his anger playing endless hours of Nintendo’s GoldenEye and Mario Cart. I moved back to Sydney, Australia thinking I wanted to work in advertising but soon realized I had no idea what I wanted to do.

10 years later – Casey has started to rise the corporate ladder of his father’s business. He still hates his job and isn’t particularly good at it, but at least now he can afford to smoke the good stuff. I now live in Los Angeles. We meet up. And have even less in common then we did in college, only now that doesn’t seem particularly intriguing. We make small talk for a few minutes, he offers me some weed. I decline. We call it a night.

Wow, that sounds depressing. Maybe I don’t want to see this movie after all.

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4 Responses to “One Day – Love Story or Complete Fiction?”

  1. August 19, 2011 at 11:29 am

    The movie is based on a book by the same name. The concept of the book was not that they met once a year. The author simply checked back in with them on the same day every year. Sometimes they were together on those days, other times not. And it was very clear that they met other times throughout the year. Unless the trailer is very misleading it looks like Hollywood messed it up again.

  2. August 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Fuck this movie. He gets to be a shithead until life yanks him of his high horse and THEN she’s the one? grrrrrr

  3. Claudia Maittlen-Harris August 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Exactly! I’m sick of these awesome, smart, beautiful women who hang onto a guy until he figures out she’s awesome, smart and beautiful. In real life, that woman would have moved on and met someone who gets it immediately. I agree.

  4. October 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    In defense of the “Casey” type guys of the world, I was that guy. I mean, I flunked out of college my first year partially b/c of the partying but also…..b/c I fell in love. Yes, she was the nerdy girl back then but she never regretted the romance b/c she also found that the other guys who were actually “studious” were so consumed in their ambition, they could never be human & focus on her. That’s what she loved about me-and knew I would put rubbing her feet at the end of the day over studying for some exam any day! It’s true that I had the luxury of this carefree attitude b/c of my family being wealthy (like the person in the author’s story above) but she knew I would never hurt a fly. And yes she was a more disciplined “nerdy” type if you will but I did bring out a crazy side to her she never expressed before and that’s what led to us falling in love.

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