(500) Days of Summer

  • 12
  • Marc Webb (2009)
  • US
  • 91 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. When new girl Summer Finn starts work in his office, it's love at first sight for Tom Hansen. But is their relationship doomed because of Summer's belief that real life always gets in the way of true love?

Cast and crew


Tom Hansen
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Summer Finn
Zooey Deschanel
Geoffrey Arend
Rachel Hansen
Chloë Grace Moretz
Matthew Gray Gubler
Clark Gregg
Patricia Belcher
Rachel Boston
Autumn, girl at interview
Minka Kelly


Marc Webb

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 28 Aug 2009
Certificate 12

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