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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

The Secret of 500 Days of Summer

Marc here. I’m back.

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I’m not Marc Webb (the director of 500 Days.) I’m just a fan of the movie.

I rewatched 500 Days of Summer recently. I’ve seen it a few times but I feel like this was the first time I really “saw it.”

I have a new appreciation for this movie.

Tom and Summer—every interaction of theirs tore at me. It’s easy to identify with only Summer or only Tom. But to fully appreciate 500 Days of Summer, I think it’s important to really feel for both of them.

The film’s quality is in its truth and accuracy. Every minor character represents a variety of perspectives on love and relationships. From McKenzie to Tom’s cat-loving, female co-worker.

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Most Hollywood movies stereotype these views on love so much that they become unrecognizable (unbelievable?) and the ideas lose their intrigue.

Luckily, here we have a film that doesn’t only appreciate spending time in this thought arena, it’s devoted to it.

I think people are critical of 500 Days of Summer, not because of a personal taste in screenplay, but because of paradigms, or perspectives.

Everyone can really enjoy this film, even if you don’t mesh with one character. Not meshing with a couple—still a solid film. But if your beliefs prevent you from connecting fully with many characters, the film loses its greatness.

So, an “A”, I would give this film.

Only an A because of that potential of a gap between a character and the audience.

But taking into account the unparalleled performance of Joesph Gordon-Levitt and the coolness and grace of director Marc Webb, this one gets an A+.

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I could go on. Every actor in 500 Days is underrated. (And, of course, we would have nothing without writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber.)

Agree with my review? How did you relate with the characters of 500 Days of Summer?

What do you think? 12 comments

  1. I just love this movie. Its a rare genre and just enjoyable in every way; from the smallest of performances to the music, it all makes this a down right awesome movie. It taps into your old romance memories and reminds me of my best friend that i thought i didn’t love but sadly now realized i do but too late. I can relate to summer in almost every way; watching this movie is like watching that old romance with my best friend being played out in front of me. Its a bittersweet experience. And the soundtrack is just phenomenal.

    Victoria on Apr 21, 2010

  2. I find this movie interesting. Many people hated Summer, but I understand that she’ll be hurting Tom more if she continued the relationship. And Tom eventually survived and pursue his dreams, such a perfect story :)

    Nice fanbase web, nice to meet u ^^

    Three Lilly on May 31, 2010

  3. By the way I put this movie in my blog too, one of the first reviews ^^

    Three Lilly on May 31, 2010

  4. When will apparel be available? I’m dying to get a shirt.

    Meg on Jun 5, 2010

  5. I really liked this movie, I just got it yesterday but I’ve already seen it twice. I can relate to Tom so much, and both times I watched this, I almost cried, and I can say this is the first movie that I’ve wanted to see over and over again, and i will be watching it more in the future. I think I could relate to most of the characters, but it was tom that I really felt for, I feel Summer was bad, but I know she wasn’t and that it wasn’t her fault. But maybe thats because I’m only sixteen and haven’t seen everything there is to see. I would rate this movie as probably the best I’ve ever seen. I really loved it

    Sean Duggan on Jul 12, 2010

  6. This is my favorite movie! I love the acting, the story, the music. It’s a real movie that real people can relate to.

    Ash on Jul 20, 2010

  7. Being a ginormous critic of the Rom-Com category (only really like the international hit, Amelie), I actually found this rather off-beat film refreshing. But, like you, after watching it again, I was overwhelmed with more than first impressions. I’m pained at how few people seem to really be aware of this movie. Every single iota of this film is flawless. The characters are charming, relatable, and generally fun. I felt like there was a natural chemistry between Levitt and Dash that further added to the charm of the film. I found myself so wrapped up in the film that I almost felt the heartbreak Tom did, evidence that the actors are capable of pulling you in.
    Another glowingly beautiful thing I absolutely ogled over for this film was the artistic editing. From the satirical French noir film, the Morning After Dance, to the heart breaking Expectations vs. Reality, the entire film was drenched in this beautiful editing that can only be constituted as art.
    The music further adds to this. With spectacular vocalists like Regina Spektor setting the scene for much of the film, and ever so recognizable classics in folk, rock, and indie. There isn’t a song in this film that isn’t beautiful. Even the French song from when Summer and Tom are driving to the movies helps to set the mood.
    I feel once again I have to touch on the editing in this super long paragraph. Expectations vs. Reality was absolute genius. You have the bittersweet but powerful song, “Hero”, to set the mood. The split screen is a perfect articulation of an all too familiar feeling. I feel that scene was the prime turning point in the film. It’s the point in which Tom wakes up and snaps into reality. For the bulk of the film, he’s drenched in heartbreak and intent on getting her back. It’s in this scene that he realizes it won’t happen. It’s in this scene that everything changes in perspective. Bravo Marc Webb.
    This film is a 10 out of 10. Absolutely flawless and there are very very very few films I go as absolutely gaga over as this film.

    Michael on Aug 8, 2010

  8. Wow… it seems to me that I actually am Summer. This storyline has completely paralelled my experience over the past year. It has given me some hope that my “Tom” will infact find his happy ending. Great movie. Although somewhat painful to watch…I loved it.

    Layla on Sep 8, 2010

  9. About 25 years ago I dated a girl for about 4 months. Had a great time, spent every day together and shared a lot of laughs and great sex. Then one afternoon I called her up and could sense that something was wrong, so I asked her, “what’s wrong” and she said, “I don’t think we should see each other any more.” Just like that. Straight out of left field. I hung up and never saw here again. About 3 months later I met my wife.

    John on Sep 8, 2010

  10. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie. Besides the beautiful songs it has (i’m big on music stirring my emotions throughout a film) It was overall such a pleasant surprise. I was home alone Friday, havent had a movie night in a long time so i rented this from the Blockbuster drop box (only $1 by the way!) and I didnt have high expectations since I thought the movie would be dry and boring. But oh what a delightful surprise!!! The same delightful surprise as Twilight gave me. I had my husband watch it with me the very next day!

    I TOTALLY related to this movie because I definitely was Tom. I fell madly and deeply, head over heels in immediate love with someone years ago. He also kept calling me his “friend” but i was definitely more. A friend with benefits. We shared a number of beautiful memories as Tom and Summer did to the point where i was convinced he was my one and only love and that one day we would get married. No one could tell me he was not the one for me. Like Summer, he also hurt me by playing games with me, not giving me back the same love i gave out. Never wanting to put a title on what we had.

    Just as Tom’s little sister advised him, years later when looking back at all the “good” times i realized they were not as peachy and wonderful as i fantisized them and wished they’d be. I really did not grasp the “reality” of things as captured in the movie when Tom wished things had played out the way he always wanted, but in reality it always played out completely different.

    Well one day he just up and moved away . Didnt even say good bye to me or say a word. Didnt try to contact me, or ever apologize for any of my hurt feelings… just up and left me and everything else behind without looking back. Just like that. What i thought was love and all the feelings i had for him was defined in that very moment. Not long after i found out he got married and had a baby, and I guess lives “happily ever after”.

    Just like Tom at the end of the movie- i just NEVER understood it. It took me a long time to get over our whole story because i couldnt understand how and why someone could do something like that, after professing to care about you. Like- what was wrong with me?? UNTIL i saw this movie and when Summer responded to Tom’s comment of her never wanting to be a girlfriend and now she’s a wife. She said “I just knew- what i always was unsure of with you”. What a powerful statement! But it finally makes some kind of sense to me. Of course, like Tom it is very hurtful to hear that from someone you loved so wholeheartedly. But sometimes in life you have relationships where no matter how much you wish for things to be different, the person just does not fall the same way you do…

    He just was never as sure of me as i was of him, and now apparently he has found everything he has been looking for in his new family. And that is the best explanation i can and ever will get. And i have to, like Tom wish him all the best in my heart.

    I am happily married now to my best friend who stuck by me through everything in life, even through the times i was still hanging on to lost love with the first guy. And although I still have not seen or spoken to the guy since ….i really believe this movie has really provided the final closure i needed.

    Ms. LuluB on Nov 1, 2010

  11. I have to express my love for this movie. I recently have been trying to get over a break up of a relationship of 3 years (a lot more than 500 days, even though technically Tom and Summer were only together for little under a year) and I can honestly say that this movie helped me in that grieving process 1000x over. I can relate so well with Tom, being absolutely consumed with a woman one minute and absolutely hating her the next.. as is portrayed in the “I love her smile…” and “I hate her crooked teeth…” bit of the movie. Coming to the realization that this person may not have necessarily been the right person for you, as much as you wanted them to be, and realizing that after break ups people tend to only remember the good things and leave out the memories of why you broke up in the first place. The expecations vs. reality bit was absolute genius I 100% agree with Michael, “an all too familiar feeling” which was beautifully portrayed and this is something everyone on the face of the earth can relate to. I also feel that this movie might not have been as good if it wasn’t for the music, awesome soundtrack that fit the movie so well. I absolutely love this movie and I just want to commend everyone that was involved, a beautifully and masterfully REAL movie. Bravo!

    OG419 on Feb 12, 2011

  12. When I tell people my favorite movie is 500 Days of Summer many people reply with comments such as “That movie is so depressing,” or “I hate that movie.” People have outlooks such as these because the main characters Summer and Tom don’t end up together. This is not depressing, this is life. We have all had relationships that didn’t end up the way we hoped they would. There is always one person in the broken relationship who is hurting more than the other, such as Tom in the film. I agree with Marc, why would we want to watch movies with unrealistic story lines? As Tom says in the movie, “People should be able to say how they feel – how they really feel – not, you know, some words that some strangers put in their mouths.” This is what 500 Days of Summer does, it captures real feelings that real people feel.

    Jordan Wilson on Sep 20, 2011




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