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500 Days of Summer (2009)

(500) Days of Summer (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 August 2009 (USA)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

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Marc Webb
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Tom
Zooey Deschanel ... Summer
Geoffrey Arend ... McKenzie
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Rachel
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Paul
Clark Gregg ... Vance
Patricia Belcher ... Millie
Rachel Boston ... Alison
Minka Kelly ... Autumn - Girl at Interview
Charles Walker Charles Walker ... Millie's New Husband
Ian Reed Kesler ... Douche
Darryl Alan Reed ... Bus Driver
Valente Rodriguez ... Employee #1
Yvette Nicole Brown ... New Secretary
Nicole Vicius ... Partygoer
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Storyline

After it looks as if she's left his life for good this time, Tom Hansen reflects back on the just over one year that he knew Summer Finn. For Tom, it was love at first sight when she walked into the greeting card company where he worked, she the new administrative assistant. Soon, Tom knew that Summer was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Although Summer did not believe in relationships or boyfriends - in her assertion, real life will always ultimately get in the way - Tom and Summer became more than just friends. Through the trials and tribulations of Tom and Summer's so-called relationship, Tom could always count on the advice of his two best friends, McKenzie and Paul. However, it is Tom's adolescent sister, Rachel, who is his voice of reason. After all is said and done, Tom is the one who ultimately has to make the choice to listen or not. Written by Huggo

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This is not a love story. This is a story about love. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Swedish

Release Date:

7 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

500 Days of Summer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$834,501, 19 July 2009

Gross USA:

$32,391,374

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,722,734
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color | Black and White (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The main character, Tom (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) says, "It sucks, why is it that pretty girls think they can treat people like crap and get away with it?" This line is a reference to Gordon-Levitt's previous role as Cameron in 10 things I hate about you when he says, "You know, just because you're beautiful doesn't mean you can treat people like they don't matter!" See more »

Goofs

On Day 402 while riding the train on the way to a wedding, Tom crosses paths with Summer in the same train car. All of the seats and passengers are facing the camera. However, the motion outside the windows shows the scenery moving the other way so that the car would be traveling backwards. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: In 1998, Summer quoted a song by the Scottish band, Belle and Sebastian, in her high school yearbook. "Color my life with the chaos of trouble."
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The opening credits are done over fictionalized home movies of the two protagonists. See more »

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References Breach (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Written by Johnny Marr and Morrissey (as Steven Morrissey)
Performed by The Smiths
Courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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"500 Days of Summer" is a delightfully engaging and poignant tale of love
19 August 2009 | by PoeticProse22See all my reviews

"This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie 'The Graduate'. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent's marriage she'd only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for. This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story."

500 Days of Summer is an intriguingly original take on falling in love. Every emotion involved with a relationship seems to be relayed; from the strange and quirky aspects of new love to the tragedy of heartbreak. Marc Webb deftly incorporates his ingenuity and comedy into the film. The writers quite skilfully enrich the film with one of the most immensely beautiful and original screenplays to come along in a while.

Tom, a greeting-card writer with artistic dreams beyond his mundane job, meets Summer and quickly falls for her. Eventually, he manages to charm her into a "casual relationship". So begins the 500 days that chronicle the happiness, heartbreak, and every other aspect involved with the often changing tides of romance.

500 Days of Summer portrays a relationship that is more realistic and less clichéd than most others in it's woefully unoriginal and formulaic genre. In doing so, the film never feels anything less than completely innovative and incredibly fun. The film's story is told in a refreshingly non-linear fashion that strives for and often reaches perfection with each and every scene.

The acting is wonderful, especially from the two leads. Since starring in Mysterious Skin (a disturbingly compelling film), Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been one of my favorite actors and proves yet again why he is one of the most talented actors of his generation. His performance was truly fantastic. Zooey Deschanel is absolutely wonderful in her portrayal of Summer and her quirky personalities. Their chemistry is wondrously compelling to watch and their moments together seem wholly convincing and genuine. The supporting cast is terrific throughout and very fun to watch.

The music was marvelous and really added to the film. Everyone involved does an amazing job to connect the several elements of love into a satisfying and moving conclusion. The film often shuffles between whimsy and realistic, but, rather than getting lost because of it, the story only seems to be enhanced due to the chaotically transitional moods.

500 Days of Summer is a hilarious, deftly thoughtful film about love. The performances are astonishing and the writing is sublime. It is a thoroughly clever and impressive film that shouldn't be missed.


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