Rated PG-13 · 95 minutes · 2009

Romantic comedy
Director Marc Webb and writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber try to undo the romantic comedy with this story that mixes the standard formula with subtle poisons. Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) believes he’s found The One when he meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel). Unfortunately, everyone who meets Summer Finn believes they’ve found The One, so she’s immune to the charms of love. Nonetheless, in the course of a smartly nonlinear narrative, he throws himself into the futile task of making her believe that her underpants feelings are actually special love feelings. This is no There's Something About Mary, though: It’s a smart and beautifully photographed film that makes the average romantic comedy look neuro-deficient by comparison. Of course, flatworms, jihadis and Sarah Palin supporters make the average romantic comedy look neuro-deficient by comparison, so this is no great feat; still, (500) Days is sly enough to overcome much of the clinging schmaltz and pro-stalker propaganda that permeates its genre.

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Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/500daysofsummer
Director: Marc Webb
Producer: Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Mason Novick and Steven J. Wolfe
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Grace Moretz, Matthew Gubler, Clark Gregg, Rachel Boston and Minka Kelly


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Memphis Flyer Summertime (Blues) (500) Days of Summer by Addison Engelking 08/06/2009
Charleston City Paper The fractured, hipster rom com (500) Days of Summer is no Graduate Is it possible to love a film's soundtrack more than its story? (500) Days of Summer features an aural cornucopia of Grade-A indie: the Black Lips, the Pixies, the Clash. Some couples meet cute, but Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) meet Morrissey, bonding in an office elevator over a shared love of the deliciously mopey Brit crooner. The music will instantly endear (500) Days of Summer to a good chunk of the Gen X and Gen Y audience, but then again, when cineplex screens are drowning in junk, our bar is set very, very low. by Felicia Feaster 08/05/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week (500) Days of Summer, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Julie & Julia and more. 08/06/2009
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Creative Loafing Charlotte March27 A test page from within Foundation 2.8 by Kyle Lee 03/26/2012
The Coast Halifax (500) Days of Summer falls, hard This rom-com is more a story of heartbreak for heartbreak's sake and not a deep emotional journey. by Hillary Titley 08/06/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Summer lovin' This film, directed by Colorado College alum Marc Webb, might be goofy at times, but it's irresistible for one reason: When it comes to heartbreak, it's almost painfully wise. by Scott Renshaw 08/06/2009

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