TV Club: Love kills the “Magic”
“I’m sorry I don’t believe in magic.”
Mickey says that at the end of her first official date with Gus and it’s one of the more devastating lines that Love has ever delivered. Romantic comedies live or die based on this concept of magic. Two people meet and fall in love and encounter issues that would normally separate a lesser couple. But the magic inherent in true love — or at least what movies have tried to sell us as true love — is what keeps them together. Mickey isn’t really apologizing, she’s pointing out that what Gus so desperately wanted to believe was never going to happen that way that he wanted it to.
Mickey and Gus each prepare for their date with different expectations. He gets his car cleaned and seeks out a sexy scent. He’s full of anticipation and excitement. Mickey, on the …