(500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer

(2009)

First-time director Marc Webb (helmer of music videos for Hot Hot Heat and My Chemical Romance) brings us this unconventional love story: Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t.... More

When Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, is blindsided after his girlfriend Summer (the brilliant and underrated Zooey Deschanel) dumps him. His mind shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days together to try to figure out where things went wrong.

This has got a killer soundtrack including The Smiths, Regina Spektor, Black Lips, Wolfmother and Simon & Garfunkel.Hide

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This fun, refreshingly honest look at modern relationships for 20-somethings slides back and forth between key moments in the 500-day romance between idealistic Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and the pretty but mysterious Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel). Their highs and lows are highlighted by un-chronological storytelling, like when Tom’s ebullient dance routine immediately cuts forward hundreds of days to the poor guy in a heart-broken state of depression.... More

The pop soundtrack is killer (The Smiths, The Black Lips, Wolfmother among others) and there’s plenty of visual flair, courtesy of veteran music video director Marc Webb. It’s filled with references to pop culture and cinema, even including a humorous nod to the chess scene from Bergman's The Seventh Seal. Tom and Summer running through an IKEA furniture store is reminiscent of the Louvre race in Godard’s Band of Outsiders, a paean to youthful vitality if ever there was.

500 Days of Summer is an instantly accessible film, un-schmaltzy, with all the hooks and sunny choruses of a pop song. Los Angeles has never looked better. “This is not a love story,” warns the voiceover guy at the beginning of the movie. Nonetheless, it’s an attractive, original romantic comedy that could possibly hit close to home for a lot of you romantics.Hide


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BY Galen wannabe

Joseph Gordon Levitt is definitely one of the best young actors today and I'm picking he will win oscars some time in the future. Here he plays a likable young man despite (or possibly because) he's a bit naive about love. Zooey Deschanel is the seductive Summer who doesn't believe in love and he tries to woo her. We know straight of it's not going to work because if the films non-linear approach, but it's still a fun and refreshingly different comedy.


BY munchkin superstar

I loved it what more can I say great chick flick :)


BY bigspendakev superstar

Rented this one a while back has the young lad frm third rock from the son in it better than expected not a fan of the mono-toned Zooey Deschanel if you can get over her voice then its one to watch.


BY AaronG superstar

I loved this film to pieces. It takes the normal romantic comedy formula and turns it on its head.

The non-linear storytelling is also very refreshing and well used.



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87% of critics recommend.
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  • Gordon-Levitt soars and Deschanel charms in a playful, witty, disordered telling of a fractured romance. Bringing fresh zing to a genre prone to predictability, Webb crafts a (not-in-) love story about feeling bad that’s infectiously good. Full Review

  • Much like Annie Hall did for a previous generation, (500) Days of Summer may be the movie that best captures a contemporary romantic sensibility. Full Review

  • Boy gets girl and boy loses girl in convoluted, sometimes cloying but ultimately winning fashion in 500 Days of Summer. Full Review