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Justin Long And Emmy Rossum Share A Six-Year Romance In Offbeat Indie Comet

Though there are exceptions to every rule, I generally tire of romantic comedies that stick to a limited timeframe while following the generic formula of “meet-cute leads to problem leads to getting together,” only to end the movie right as we finally begin to see happiness within the two people we’ve been following the whole time. Hollywood likes to play with that formula by making giant ensemble pieces out of it so that several couples can follow that same pattern. Maybe I’m just watching all the wrong movies.

Thankfully, the indie scene is alive with romance flicks that feel more genuine, and Milestone Media’s Comet sounds like it fits into that mold, which is odd, given that it takes place in a parallel universe. It will star everyman Justin Long (Going the Distance) and Emmy Rossum (Beautiful Creatures, and will be the directorial debut from Sam Esmail, who also wrote the screenplay.

Comet will bounce back and forth over a six-year relationship between Long and Rossum’s perfectly-paired couple, and according to Deadline, Esmail says the film is “about the drama, comedy and utterly surreal state of heartbreak – a subject in which I am well-versed.” They don’t sound so perfectly-paired if heartbreak is involved. That of course brings to mind Marc Webb’s 2009 indie hit 500 Days of Summer, just over a longer span of time. Let’s keep our 500 fingers crossed that this tells a different story.

Long wrote his own rom-com that’ll be out at some point later this year called A Case of You. Rossum, meanwhile, plays Fiona, the oldest of the six Gallagher children on Showtime’s Shameless).

Nick Venable
Nick Venable

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.