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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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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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It was almost like falling in love. See more »

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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$834,501 (USA) (17 July 2009)

Gross:

$32,391,374 (USA) (20 November 2009)
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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, one of the film's writers estimates that 75% of the film actually happened to him. See more »

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When Summer says that their relationship is like that of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, Tom says that Sid stabbed Nancy seven times. He only stabbed her once. See more »

Quotes

McKenzie: Hey, maybe you should write a book.
Tom: What?
McKenzie: Well, you know, Henry Miller said the best way to get over a woman is to turn her into literature.
Tom: That guy had a lot more sex than me.
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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 The Prisoner (1967) See more »

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You Make My Dreams
Written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall, and John Oates
Performed by Daryl Hall and John Oates
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Achingly Beautiful, the misery of one's love lost - love remembered.
1 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't regularly comment on movies, but this has a personal accord with me.

My girlfriend of one year broke up with me the day before I went to watch this film, as promised.

That being said, Tom (Joseph Gordon Levit) embodies my apathy and frustration in every mannerism. He allows the audience to feel his pain and disappointment. Tom is a man with boyish ideals, coming to terms with the grief of rejection. He teaches her how one loves, yet she never learns to except and give as selflessly. Probably because, as I and Tom have painfully learned, you can't teach or bequile someone as you would a child into doing love 'properly.' And sometimes, true love dies, and no sea of tears can change that.

Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel, is fun, beautiful and selfish. Undoubtedly the villain, the film seeks a reversal of standards; the male is now being preyed upon.

Is Tom naive? or is Summer a cruel and self interested girl?

The only thing that really bothered me was the director's incessant need to punctuate scenes of emotional substance with cliché romantic comedy relief. He already broke custom, why conform?


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