(500) Days of Summer

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(500) Days of Summer

Marc Webb (2009)

91min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
The feature-film debut of music video director Marc Webb is a flouncy romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (best known for 1990s sci-fi sitcom Third Rock from the Sun) as Tom, a wannabe architect working as a greetings card writer, who falls in and out of love with Summer (Zooey Deschanel), a beautiful if mercurial woman who starts work as his boss's secretary. The film jumps backwards and forwards in time throughout our hero's 500-day infatuation with Summer, who unfortunately for Tom firmly refuses to believe in love. Gordon-Levitt's soft-hearted, love-struck performance is heartbreaking to watch - although it is played mostly for comedy - and really demonstrates how confused a man in love can get. However, Webb's offbeat direction is occasionally disjointed, giving the appearance of a movie made up of a string of short films spliced together. The idea of analysing a relationship at different points in time is certainly fresh and interesting, but the director's inability to control the pace means the end result is a bit twee.

Summary

A greetings card employee looks back on his relationship with the woman he loves, after she has seemingly left him for good. As he recalls the key events of the 500 days he knew her, the ups and downs of their romance are presented in random order. Romantic comedy, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hansen Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Summer Finn Zooey Deschanel
McKenzie Geoffrey Arend
Rachel Hansen Chloë Grace Moretz
Paul Matthew Gray Gubler
Vance Clark Gregg
Millie Patricia Belcher
Alison Rachel Boston
Autumn, girl at interview Minka Kelly
Director Marc Webb
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd Guidance: Swearing, sexual references. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 28 Aug 2009

Comedy Drama

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