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500 Days of Summer (2009)

(500) Days of Summer (original title)
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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 18 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Walker ...
Darryl Alan Reed ...
Employee #1


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn't. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

500 Days of Summer  »

Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jean-Paul Vignon originally narrated the Swedish scene in French. In the final version, Jonas Åkerlund is narrating in Swedish. See more »


At the beginning, Day 8, during the office party Tom asks Summer about moving "here" and how long she has been "here." She answers "since Saturday" which doesn't make sense as it is Day 8 since they met which is more than a week. See more »


Rachel Hansen: Better that you find this out now before you come home and find her in bed with Lars from Norway.
Tom: Who's Lars from Norway?
Rachel Hansen: Just some guy she met at the gym with Brad Pitt's face and Jesus' abs.
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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 »


References The Great Outdoors (1988) See more »


Quelqu'un M'a Dit
Written and Performed by Carla Bruni
Courtesy of Sheridan Square Entertainment
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User Reviews

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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