(500) Days of Summer

August 7th, 2009

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(500) Days of Summer

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.9/10 (143,814 voted)

Critic's Score: 76/100

Director: Marc Webb

Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend

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. Despite being physically average in almost every respect, Summer had always attracted the attention of men, Tom included. 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...

Writers: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Tom
Zooey Deschanel - Summer Finn
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 - 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

Taglines: Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn't.


Official Website: Fox Searchlight [United States] | Official site [Australia] |

Release Date: 7 August 2009

Filming Locations: Bradbury Building - 304 S. Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $834,501 (USA) (19 July 2009) (27 Screens)

Gross: $60,722,734 (Worldwide) (22 November 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The cover of Steven Patrick Morrissey's debut album, 'Viva Hate,' can be seen in both Tom and Summer's childhood rooms.

Continuity: When Tom is drawing the buildings on Summer's arm the first few lines he draws from one angle are clearly not there when we see the finished picture from another angle.

Tom: [Montage of Summer] I hate her crooked teeth. I hate her 1960s haircut. I hate her knobby knees. I hate her cockroach-shaped splotch on her neck. I hate the way she smacks her lips before she talks. I hate the way she sounds when she laughs.
[Fade to black as Swayze's "She's Like the Wind" plays briefly]
Bus Driver: [Open to Tom standing while bus comes to a sudden stop] Son, you need to get off the bus.

User Review

A love story deftly built on unrequited love.

Rating: 9/10

I haven't seen a romance this touching since I was the same type of single sad sack as depicted by the hero of (500) Days of Summer.

Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has his radar up for "the girl of his dreams" when he meets Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Too bad for Tom Summer is stuck on friends-with-benefits mode. Let the tension begin.

Director Marc Webb captures the feeling of innocent, naïve love expertly. Anyone who has taken the lyrics of the Smiths too closely to heart, would be moved by the idea of the person they are crushing on sing to them: "To die by your side/is such a heavenly way to die." No wonder Tom soon falls head over heels for this girl.

As events unfold out of sequence, you know all along Tom has fallen for a time bomb of a woman, and he can't even see the countdown. When that bomb finally blows up in his face, it unfolds with powerful simplicity-- no exposition or dialog, just two juxtaposed events that capture the heartache of reality hitting a person who sees a person through the filter of some deep-seeded emotions that where planted at too young an age.

So many romantic films nowadays concern themselves with cute ideas, take 'He's Just Not That Into You' or 'Serendipity' for example. Then there are movies like 'Knocked Up' where a pot-smoking, video-gaming playing narcissistic slob tries to turn his life around to try and be a father. These movies forget about real people. Who cares about stock or cartoonish characters in love. The couple in (500) Days of Summer have true chemistry. There are some beautiful, subtle moments of tenderness as well some heart-rending moments of disconnectedness between the two that never comes across as heavy-handed. The movie constantly reminds you that these are two different people with different ideas of a relationship, yet they stubbornly continue their dating, and they remain lovable all the same.

An omniscient narrator sets the film up early on by noting "this is not a love story," but few films ever capture the sensation of falling in love as well as this movie does.

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