(500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer

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Director: Marc Webb

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg

     
 

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in director Marc Webb's wry, nonlinear romantic comedy about a man who falls head over heels for a woman who doesn't believe in love. Tom (Gordon-Levitt) is an aspiring architect who currently earns his living as a greeting card writer. Upon encountering his boss' beautiful new secretary, Summer …  See more details below

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in director Marc Webb's wry, nonlinear romantic comedy about a man who falls head over heels for a woman who doesn't believe in love. Tom (Gordon-Levitt) is an aspiring architect who currently earns his living as a greeting card writer. Upon encountering his boss' beautiful new secretary, Summer (Deschanel), Tom discovers that the pair have plenty in common despite the fact that she's seemingly out of his league; for starters, they both love The Smiths, and they're both fans of surrealist artist Magritte. Before long Tom is smitten. All he can think about is Summer. Tom believes deeply in the concept of soul mates, and he's finally found his. Unfortunately for Tom, Summer sees true love as the stuff of fairy tales, and isn't looking for romance. Undaunted and undeterred by his breezy lover's casual stance on relationships, Tom summons all of his might and courage to pursue Summer and convince her that their love is real.

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Technically, (500) Days of Summer is a romantic comedy, but compared to most movies in the genre, it stands by itself -- a movie so genuinely funny and achingly poignant, it deserves to be shelved in its own section, far away from the usual, uncreative lot of 27 Dresses and The Proposal. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom, a twentysomething writer at a greeting card company, whose self-professed misperception of idealized love stems from a youth devoted to sad British pop songs and "a complete misreading of the movie The Graduate." Unrealistically primed for an epic and consummate True Love, he falls hard for the chronically bewitching Summer (Zooey Deschanel), whose beauty and charm belie the fact that she doesn't really believe in love at all. Nonetheless, she and Tom begin an affair under the pretense of "keeping it casual," and Tom starts to believe that he's changing her mind about the whole thing. While the magic of new romance is blooming, Tom is all aglow, and his life becomes a Hall & Oates music video as he struts down the street to work. When things with Summer have reached their inevitable crash (in glimpses that cut in directly from the happy moments, in a clever presentation of the nonlinear timeline), his world becomes a depressing black-and-white French art film, with balloons slipping away into the sky, and creepy little kids beating him at chess. Carrying the torch of John Cusack-style, male-centric romantic comedies, (500) Days of Summer bears a favorable resemblance to 1999's High Fidelity. It feels just as relevant as ever for a movie to point out how narcissistic romantic notions can be, and (500) Days does it with a sympathetic hand, and a lot of creativity. It manages to deliver a love story that gets you invested even though you know it can't end neatly with either happiness or tragedy, but rather with a bittersweet mishmash of imperfection -- one that everybody can probably relate to.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/22/2009
UPC:
0024543634621
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
2,971

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Audio Commentary with Director Marc Webb and Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt; ; Lost Days of Summer - Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zooey Deschanel Summer,Summer Finn
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tom
Clark Gregg Vance
Minka Kelly Girl at Interview
Matthew Gray Gubler Paul
Rachel Boston Alison
Geoffrey Arend McKenzie
Chloe Moretz Rachel Hansen

Technical Credits
Marc Webb Director
Alan Edward Bell Editor
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Michael Danna Score Composer
Andrea Von Foerster Musical Direction/Supervision
Laura Fox Production Designer
Hope Hanafin Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Neustadter Screenwriter
Mason Novick Producer
Rob Simonsen Score Composer
Eric Steelberg Cinematographer
Jessica Tuchinsky Producer
Mark S. Waters Producer
Michael H. Weber Screenwriter
Steven J. Wolfe Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- (500) Days of Summer
1. Main Titles/ The One [3:56]
2. Consoling Tom [3:07]
3. Rare Quality [2:13]
4. Early Days [4:14]
5. Officially in Love [:48]
6. High and Low [1:24]
7. Office Karaoke [1:06]
8. Agree to Disagree [2:25]
9. Progress Report [5:10]
10. Shopping [2:30]
11. Keeping it Casual [3:39]
12. Just Having Fun [:40]
13. Lock Up [2:06]
14. Summer's World [2:05]
15. Defining Moment [2:40]
16. Suffering [5:32]
17. Second Opinion [3:42]
18. Chance Encounter [4:54]
19. Expectations/Reality [4:22]
20. The Cynic [1:10]
21. Not the One [2:28]
22. Fresh Start [5:57]
23. I Just Knew [1:10]
24. First Day of Autumn/End Titles [3:15]

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(500) Days of Summer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
warriordundermifflinER More than 1 year ago
This is one of my top 3 favorite movies. Yes, the plot wouldn't necessarily be considered the most original. Boy meets girl. We've all heard that one before. What makes this film such a hit is how they present the story, with a fantastic must have soundtrack, great acting, and creative camera styles. Old concept w/new, improved, more relatable twist. Some highlights: Hall and Oates dance scene incorporating animation, expectations vs. reality, greeting cards, The Smiths. Saw twice in theaters. Can't wait for Tuesday. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
tetriscat More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie and would love to see it again. It's not told with a straight-forward timeline which keeps you hoping for a happy ending for Tom and Summer. I loved the soundtrack and the scenes at Ikea were cute. It's not the most in depth story line but it is told in a clever way that makes you smile and actually laugh out loud - if you have lived through the 80's.
Miracles More than 1 year ago
Can you really go wrong with a movie featuring music from Hall and Oates? I think NOT! 500 days of Summer did not disappoint my high expectations and has rightfully ended at the top of my 2009 best movie list (if not in one of my all time favorite list of movies). This film is utterly unique in it's unexpected scenes and awesome soundtrack (it's sometimes like watching a really really good music video). I loved the clever dialogue and all of the actors' performances. I really can't complain. Kudos to the entire cast for putting up a great performance and to the director for making a love story different and fun to watch, something that romantic comedies seem to miss doing now-a-days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great movie!!!!!!!!!! I recommend it and the soundtrack to everyone!!!!! BARNES&NOBLE: The lead character's name is Tom NOT Mark. duh. I think you should get your facts straight before writing the plot line.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Been wanting to see this movie for a while and glad I did. The story is told through days from how Tom met Summer and their relationship. The music is pretty good. While the plot has been told before (boy meets girl), I still liked the movie and recommend you see it too.
Kourtney-McKittrick More than 1 year ago
500 Days of Summer met every expectation I had and more, it steals the show! It is one of the most honest stories about relationships I can remember ever being on the big screen, and it really hit home. Tom Hansen meets Summer Finn and falls head over heels in love with her. Problems occur when Tom realizes that Summer does not believe in love. In fact, Summer says she simply wants to live her life in the moment without putting labels on her relationship with Tom. She lives her life by the saying, "there is no such thing as a fantasy." The couple is such a perfect match for each other but all good things must come to an end. I can watch this movie over and over without getting tired of it. I have seen many romantic comedies, but this one in particular stands out the most to me. Sure, the plot is typical; boy meets girl, boy falls in love, and the girl does not. It is the acting, music, and vibe this movie gives to the audience that puts it movie over the edge. 500 Days of Summer will keep your attention, along with catchy song lyrics stuck in your head all day. The two lead characters, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are as quirky and likable as the movie itself. The media usually portrays girls as being overly obsessed with love and marriage while guys are the independent ones and only care to use girls for their own personal gain. This is a story about how love is confusing, unpredictable, and about how love sometimes can fail. I think it is about time there is a good movie about a man's perspective of heartbreak rather than a woman's. We experience Tom's week of depression after his break up with Summer, surviving on only Twinkies, aspirin, and alcohol. No matter how much the audience or Tom wants to hate Summer, her unconditional charm will keep you interested in her, even if she just broke your heart into a thousand pieces. The film jumps from day to day experiences with these two, including lighthearted fun, comedy, love, disagreements, and heartbreak. This movie is not a 'chick-flick', so do not stray away, boys! I feel like everyone has a story like this, a story of heartbreak. That is why this is a universally appealing theme. If you have not been through something like this then you will at some point in life. Love can be a beautiful thing. We are surrounded by love every day, but it is not simple. Sometimes love is sad and painful and a lot of movies that come out of Hollywood are afraid to show that side because they think audiences do not want to see it. In my opinion, audiences do want to see something that is more real rather than a fairytale. I think that is why a lot of people enjoy this film. 500 Days of Summer proves that if you want to know what love is, you cannot ask anyone else. You cannot listen to movies, songs, and other people's experiences; you have to figure it out for yourself. The DVD of 500 Days of Summer includes commentary from the director, the writers, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This DVD also contains fourteen minutes of deleted scenes as well as extended scenes. I would recommend getting the Blu-Ray version of this DVD because it makes the picture much clearer and makes you feel like you are actually there on set with the actors! Overall, this is a great family film and is suitable for people of all ages. I would recommend it to my grandmother, nephew, sister, and ex-boyfriend. If you like The Ugly Truth and He's Just Not That Into You, then you will love 500 Days of
HaroldB24 More than 1 year ago
Captivating story. Very compelling and realistic! 
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