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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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500 Days of Summer Reviews

Was it love at first showing? Did you connect with Tom? With Summer? If you have something to share, submit your own review! Browse and comment on other fan posts and stories below!

August 4th, 2009

Guest Post: It is INDEED not a love story, but a story about LOVE.

If you’re reading this and you haven’t seen the movie, please GO AND WATCH IT.
If you want to see a REAL love story, this movie is for you.
I think that what I loved the most about this movie is that it makes you realize what other movies can’t about love :it shows you heartbreak and how bad it feels,and how blinded we are thinking sometimes that just because someone likes the same stuff as we do doesn’t mean they’re our “soulmate”.Sometimes love is not how other things make you want to see love like romantic movies and songs but how YOU feel it.
(500) Days of Summer is INDEED not a love story, but a story about love.
I think this movie overall gives us a refreshing look of what love really is. I felt that Tom was portraying the story of my life basically.
The movie has an amazing script, chemistry between the carachters and direction. Also amazing photography and soundtrack.
You’re going to laugh with this movie, you’re going to think about your own expieriences of love, you’re going to feel sad sometimes, you’re going to want to dance when the song “You Make My Dreams” comes up on the screen:you’re going to want to see this movie again.

This post was submitted by Luciana V.A.

August 4th, 2009

Guest Post: It’s gripping, funny, and heartbreaking.

(SPOILER ALERT)

From the beginning of the movie, the narrator simply lays out for you that the movie is not a love story. It is a story about love. a “boy meets girl” story. This changes the movie from being just another romantic comedy with a sappy happy ending, to a realistic movie that really goes deep on what relationships can be like.

Since this movie was seen through Tom’s eyes, the audience is immediately put in his shoes. So, the unpredictable and unreadable Summer is almost an enemy. We (the audience) want Tom to end up doing what we saw him start trying to do from the beginning of the movie (where we saw him greeving about her only wanting to be friends)get Summer back. But not every movie can have the ending that we want. For really, we knew in the end they wouldn’t end up together, for she so plainly point out many times in the story, she “likes” him.

Summer is a fun, independent girl who knows what she wants. And what she wants is to be single. To not have anything “serious”. And Tom is a boy who knows what he wants, and that is Summer. Tom is convinced that he met the one, and throughout the movie we see all the great times that he shares with Summer. All the times that she didn’t give him that look of disinterest or boredom. Those are the times that he constantly looks back on and obsesses over. Tom doesn’t seem to completely understand Summer. Yet, if she really wanted him to, she would completely “let down her wall”. But from about the middle to the end of the movie, that wall comes back up and Tom gradually begins to lose what he never seemed to completely have of Summer.

It’s heart breaking to see him not get his expectations, and faces the reality of what was going on. Though the whole movie left me hanging in a way. Yes, the story was summed up, but the whole time I didn’t want to be seeing the story through his eyes, for he was easy to read. He wasn’t what i was wondering about. It was Summer that was really the mystery of the whole movie. We never really know what kind of girl she really is. For she is selfish at some points, and at others you can notice that she cares about him.

I didn’t really know how they were going to end the movie. I knew that the two would probably not be together in the end but Summer marrying didn’t really fit her character much. She was this non-believer in true love and then within 500 days she falls in love? I didn’t quite understand why she didn’t fall for Tom when he was the one who opened her eyes to love. I think that is really the most heart breaking thing. The fact that he tries so hard to get so close to her and he falls in love with her, but her mixed signals send him on his own. And it leaves the audience thinking: what is so great about this new guy that’s better than Tom?

In the end the two characters basically switch their point of view on love. tom started out having a fantasy of love, and he believed that true love was real. And summer…didn’t. I think this movie was complicated, yet just a movie about relationships and how you can’t always be sure. One of the many morals was that you can’t always get what you want, but everything happens for a reason.

It may sound like im criticizing but im really not. Getting me to say this much about a movie shows that it was really well done. Definitely won’t forget it. I absolutely LOVED this movie.

This post was submitted by Iris .

July 29th, 2009

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

DON’T READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE. SPOILERS.

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.

(SPOILERS COMING UP, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED)
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.

This post was submitted by Lisa.

July 25th, 2009

Guest: Interesting, Funny, Bittersweet.

I went last Wed the 15th, to the free screening in downtown Saint Petersburg. I got to the theater about 20 minuets before the showing stared. I went to get the tickets waiting for my friend who was parking the car. To my surprise it was not as busy as i thought, with Harry Potter people. I went to go sit down to wait and was told they would be shutting the doors at 7;30, luckily she came in a couple minuets before. It was very full to my surprise. i knew some people Knew about the movie, but the theater was almost completely full. We took our seats, many people around were chatting about the movie, it was a great environment.

From the very beginning of the movie you have a laugh, which is great, the whole theater bust into laughing. As the movie gets more in you learn about Tom (Levitt) a want to be architect, who as of know works at a card slogan company. Tom is almost Immediately taken by this beautiful new Intern his boss had hired Summer (Deschanel). The first scene where you get real wind of the head over heal love he has for her in in the elevator. (Deschanel) has an amazing singing voice as she sings the smiths. As with any bad relationship the bad memories and good always come out of order. They have good moments like the scene at Ikea. Ironically, I was at Ikea that mourning, go figure. Bad moments as well, as when Summer says she would just like to be friends. I do not want to give to much away, but this movie is brilliant. It shows how a real relationship is not just all good but has bad times as well.

This movie will have you laughing the whole way threw, yet will have you kind of sad at the end of how this sweet relationship is to end. Also the movie boast a killer soundtrack, which i was very excited to get. Regina Spektor is one of my favorite artist so having her on the soundtrack as well as The Smiths made it phenomenal. Zooey Deschanel, is one of my favorite actresses, I am so Glad that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had picked her to play this role. No one could have done this better. I cannot wait for another week or so till it comes back out around her so i can take all of my friends to see this movie again. To sum this up, it is not a chick flick, you can take your boyfriends to see this girls. The will get a kick out of the humor and hearty break.

This movie in 3 words is:

Intelligent, Funny & Bittersweet.

I Recommend it is as must see.

This post was submitted by Jessica.

July 14th, 2009

(Guest) Wow

I haven’t felt this emotionally vulnerable in a long time, and at first glance I’m worried about the consequences of writing this. Also at first glance: Girls will love this movie. Guys will feel as if their heart has been ripped from their bodies and converted into celluloid.

This movie cut me deep. At first glance it’s a pretty standard boy-meets-girl romcom with a cute trailer and lots of indie artists you’ll love on the soundtrack. And you get lots of indie music and happy joyous moments that make you remember all the happy joyous moments you’ve had with that one girl you still kinda can’t get over, who of course I met one summer, and I’m not going to say anymore lest she get freaked out and think I’m not over it. I am over it. But this movie does such a great job of capturing all the moments that happen from the time you first see her, through the courtship, the pain, the loss, the grief, how it fucks with your job, your life, and how you assign all these grand hopes and dreams to something that was never really anything at all, when you finally, inevitably accept that truth that it just wasn’t going to happen, and you can’t force it through willpower or wanting it enough or elaborately choreographed dance sequences even though her smile totally makes you want to break out into an elaborately choreographed dance sequence.

This movie, despite having a “this is totally fictional” disclaimer at the beginning, rang truer with me on an emotional level than anything I’ve ever seen. I didn’t cry. I’ve seen movies that have made me cry and the movie simply isn’t going for those emotional moments that make the tears well up. But when you first start swooning for a girl, and you try to make it into what you want, even though it’s only what it is… those are the moments that it captures, flawlessly and effortlessly. I don’t know what higher praise I can give than to say that the writing, acting, and direction of this film tell the story at such a level that it resonated with the very core of who I am as a formerly lovestruck guy in my early 20s, as I’m sure you can tell by the fact that I just sprayed emotion all over the page. If you’ve ever had feelings for someone, this movie is unmissable.

This post was submitted by Brian.

July 14th, 2009

(Guest) The way we always wished it was done

Caught a free screening of 500DOS today in NYC and, wow. I’ve been following the updates on this movie for months now, watched over a dozen talk show, interview, and radio appearances and I can truly say my confidence was 100% justified. Everything I wished I’d seen in romantic comedies before was opened with a new light of freshness and purity in 500DOS. Joe and Zooey shine through and the supporting actors are ‘perfectly adequate’ for their roles. From the writing, to the cinematography, the music, to the aesthetics, 500DOS came through. Overall, I would say it was better than Eternal Sunshine, and in the same ballpark as Garden State. I just can’t wait until it releases on DVD so I can watch it again, and again.

This post was submitted by Sean.

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