(500) Days of Summer

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  96 min.
Release Date: July 17, 2009 (limited)
DVD: December 22, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 3.90
based on 245 votes and 37 reviews
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Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Rachel Boston, Minka Kelly


This is a story of boy meets girl, begins the wry, probing narrator of (500) Days of Summer, and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a funny, true to life and unique dissection of the unruly and unpredictable year-and-a-half of one young man's no-holds-barred love affair.

Tom, the boy, still believes, even in this cynical modern world, in the notion of a transforming, cosmically destined, lightning-strikes-once kind of love. Summer, the girl, doesn't. Not at all. But that doesn't stop Tom from going after her, again and again, like a modern Don Quixote, with all his might and courage. Suddenly, Tom is in love not just with a lovely, witty, intelligent woman—not that he minds any of that—but with the very idea of Summer, the very idea of a love that still has the power to shock the heart and stop the world.

Director: Marc Webb
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Steven J. Wolfe, Mason Novick, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters
Screenplay: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/500daysofsummer/

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  • 1 star "Zooey’s character is like a paper cutout of a woman that some dude created and was like, ‘yeah, this is the perfect woman.’ So flat."
  • 3 stars "A good movie but unfortunate that it relies so heavily on the manic pixie dream girl trope rather than making Zoe’s character more multi-dimensional."
  • 5 stars "Smart, charming and touching romantic comedy. Joseph Gorden Levitt & Zooey Deschanel sparkle in this bright and interesting tale in the struggle to find a compatible lover. The music is exhilarating in this feel good film."