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    Boy meets girl
    Boy falls in love
    Girl doesn't

  • 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

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.

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 .

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Available Now: “Deluxe Edition” of (500) Days of Summer Soundtrack

A deluxe edition of the soundtrack to 500 Days of Summer is available exclusively on iTunes. This digital-only version features three new tracks that were sung by the actors in the film: the Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood classic “Sugar Town,” sung by Zooey Deschanel, and The Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man,” which is sung by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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ITUNES EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL VERSION ADDITIONAL TRACKS:

17. “Here Comes Your Man” – Joseph Gordon-Levitt (karaoke w/ dialog from the film intro)

18. “Sugartown” – Zooey Deschanel (karaoke version)

19. “At Last” – Kevin Michael

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500 Days of Summer (Music from the Motion Picture) climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart and No. 6 on the iTunes album overall chart thanks to its quirky mix of “just-under-the-radar” bands like the Temper Trap and the Doves, alongside nostalgic powerhouses like the Smiths and Simon & Garfunkel, as Billboard magazine described it. Other critics have weighed in with the New York Observer calling it “an infectious nostalgia-baiting soundtrack with the Smiths, Belle and Sebastian, and Regina Spektor, Elle calling it “irresistible,” and People dubbing it their soundtrack of the week.

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.

Weekend #2: 500 Days of Summer at the Box Office

It’s doing well! I can only imagine 500 Days of Summer doing even better at the box office as more and more cities open. A lot of people are dying to have the film open closer to them.

“Summer” – a romantic comedy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt – went from 27 to 85 screens and grossed $1,630,000, a 95% increase from last weekend. Its per-theater-average dropped a mild 33% to a still-fantastic $19,176. That’s the best second weekend of any specialty release this year, and suggests a very bright future as the film expands in the coming weeks. After just ten days in limited release, the Fox Searchlight release’s total stands at $3,004,000. — indieWIRE

Check the 500 Days of Summer release dates but keep in mind the list generally only shows major cities. Check your local listings to see if a theatre closer to you is playing the film, even if it’s not on the list!

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