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    Boy meets girl
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  • When Tom, a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, is blindsided after his girlfriend summer dumps him, he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days "together" to try to figure out where things went wrong. His reflections ultimately lead him to finally rediscover his true passions in life.

  • Directed by: Marc Webb
    Wirtten by: Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber
    Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg, Minka Kelly, Matthew Gray Gubler, Rachel Boston, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moritz
    Producers: Jessica Tuchinsky, Mary Waters, Steven Wolfe, Mason Novick

  • This post modern love story is never what we expect it to be -- It's thorny yet exhilarating, funny and sad, a twisted journey of highs and lows that doesn't quite go where we think it will.

    Release Date: July 17, 2009

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Fan Review: “ALMOST not your typical rom-com”


Overall, I liked the movie and I can see myself watching it more than once. Excellent cast (although it would be nice to see Zoey D playing something other than the quirky girl in a movie). Loved the way the story was told in a non-linear fashion (picking days at random during the life of the relationship). I thought the way it was filmed was amazing (great use of color, cropping images, lighting, grainy documentary style in parts, etc). Good soundtrack. So far so good.

But I can’t say I loved the whole movie. To me the very end killed it. The story was believable and very bittersweet until the end. Then it just turned in to another typical romantic comedy with a convenient happy ending tacked on to make everything OK. I would have preferred to end the movie with Tom getting the job at the architecture firm (get rid of the crap with the girl). So the “happy” ending is that thanks to Summer, Tom achieves his dream of working as an architect. And thanks to Tom, Summer learns to open herself up to love.

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  1. It is a romantic comedy and therefore ending on a funny note would be required if not necessary for it to be said. Ending it on a dark note would mean it’s not a romantic comedy.

    The “Autumn” thing was funny and probably would test his determination with another relationship that starts off with something in common with the last.

    J_Jammer on Jul 29, 2009

  2. to J_Jammer: I disagree. If they had ended the movie with Tom getting the job at the architecture firm it would not be ending it on a “dark note”. I just felt that taking on the cutsey meeting of Autumn at the end felt forced as if someone financing the movie decided the audience needed a typical Hollywood rom-com ending. Do you really think someone as cute, sweet and silly as Tom would not be able to find someone after Summer? Please.

    Lisa on Jul 29, 2009

  3. Writers take from life…the life they’ve lived and the lives they have been told about. Someone as “cute” as anyone has just as much a chance of not finding someone as another who is not your definition of cute. I do not believe the end was a happy ending. It was more of a hopeful ending. That relationship he starts with Autumn could very well end earlier or worse than with Summer. It could turn darker quicker with her just like leaves on trees during that season.

    It was not only hopeful but it played on the way people tend to go for the same kind of person even though it didn’t work out before. He’s going for someone who as a bit of levity in them as well as a seasonal name.

    I was amused.

    J_Jammer on Jul 29, 2009

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