Boy meets girl. He falls madly in love but she could care less. Let me re-emphasize the point that the narrator has a disclaimer in the opening credits of the film: THIS IS NOT A LOVE STORY. This is a smart, fantastic movie about falling for someone and the aftermath of love scorned.
Tom is an average, everyday guy played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He hates his job, has his friends and his idea of love stems from the childhood notion of The Graduate and weird pop bands. Then in walks Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel. Summer has been hired as Tom’s boss’ new assistant and Tom wakes up. Summer is not your average girl. She’s quirky, independent, and beautiful in her own way… basically damaged goods from her parent’s divorce of when she was young. She doesn’t believe in love. Or titles. Just having fun.
Tom and Summer start dating and everything is fantastic. Or so Tom thinks. A wonderful musical number, a fun look at IKEA and all of the gratuitous sex a guy could hope for. This relationship has an expiration date only he doesn’t know it. Somewhere around day 250 something Summer drops the bomb and asks to be the dreaded f- word… friends.
Tom is, of course, devastated and the rest of the film is the exploration into the depths of human emotions that go along with relationships- the good and the bad.
500 Days of Summer is such a breath of fresh air in films today. It’s a romantic comedy that is told from the guy’s point of view without getting cliché or ridiculous. It’s quarky enough to keep the artsy people engaged and the heartbroken hopeful. When watching the movie you can picture yourself in either Tom’s or Summer’s shoes with a relationship in your own life.
Things to watch for: Great way of looking at the post- breakup job performance. Some really great lines that should and will be quoted.
Who should see this movie: Women and Men. We all suck in one way or another. And we are all looking for our Autumn.
Rent or Buy on DVD: For any rom-com fan, this is a must have for your collection. If not, a great date night movie rental.