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(500) Days of Summer (2009)

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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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7 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

500 Days of Summer  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,739,702 (USA) (7 August 2009)

Gross:

$32,391,374 (USA) (22 November 2009)
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This was the feature film debut of director Marc Webb, who mainly directed music videos. See more »

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At the beginning, Day 8, during the office party Tom asks Summer about moving "here" and how long she has been "here." She answers "since Saturday" which doesn't make sense as it is Day 8 since they met which is more than a week. See more »

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Summer: I named my cat after Springsteen.
Tom: No kidding. What was his name?
Summer: Bruce.
Tom: Oh... That makes sense.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the movie, before the title, a disclaimer states: AUTHOR'S NOTE: The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Especially you Jenny Beckman. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Bitch. See more »

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References Twin Peaks (1990) See more »

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Sweet Disposition
Written by Lorenzo Sillitto (as L. Sillitto) and Abby Mandagi (as A. Mandagi)
Performed by The Temper Trap
Courtesy of Liberation Music
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This is Not a Love Story
20 July 2009 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The narrator warns us upfront ... this is not a love story. Still, we are so preconditioned by Hollywood, that directive merely floated around in my head until near the end of the film when I realized it was perfectly accurate.

Joseph Gordon-Levit and Zooey Deschanel are the leads and each bring a certain quirkiness and sensitivity to their roles. Watching them grow as a couple just never quite clicks for the viewer the way it does for JGL's character. He buys in hook, line and sinker and believes his destiny for love is being fulfilled by Summer (Zooey).

Director Marc Webb throws a bit of everything at us - just to prove this is not a traditional love story. We get the fun of memory blender

  • flashbacks like Day 488, Day 2, Day 159 - well you get the point.
That is how most of us remember anyway: non-linear. We also get a funny musical number in the park, a b & w Bergmanesque dramatization, and a leading man whose poetic musings are limited to his writing quips for a greeting card company. Oh, he also takes love advice from his 11 year old soccer-playing sister (Chloe Moretz), but wisely declines most of it from his best friend played by sexist, drunken (and funny) co-worker, Geoffrey Arend.

What I really like about the film is that it is different, yet very realistic. So often our "dream" girl is just not quite a fit in this world, yet she and the next guy are just right. Doesn't seem fair, but in reality, it is not only fair, but perfectly just. And remember, there is always another season ... maybe Autumn?


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