Edit
(500) Days of Summer (2009) Poster

Trivia

Jump to: Cameo (1) | Spoilers (4)
According to the DVD commentary, one of the film's writers estimates that 75% of the film actually happened to him.
During the flashback to Summer's (Zooey Deschanel) job selling ice cream, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) can be seen waiting in line.
The film's blue-centric color scheme was done to bring out Zooey Deschanel's eyes.
Around the time of the movie's release, director Marc Webb shot a short video for the Internet, which featured Zooey Deschanel as Sid Vicious and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nancy Spungen, in reference to a conversation in this movie.
Zooey Deschanel chose her own song for the karaoke scene, which was the Sugartown song.
In the original screenplay, Summer was depicted as having cropped blonde hair to construct a more summer-like persona.
Paul says "humjob" instead of "blowjob," to avoid an R rating.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
The documentary about love was originally much longer and included opinions from Summer, Rachel, Millie, and Tom's mother.
This was the feature film debut of director Marc Webb, who mainly directed music videos.
The studio never intended to include the documentary about love in this film, even going so far as to tell director Marc Webb not to film it. The audience's reaction during the first test screening convinced them otherwise.
Ian Reed Kesler, who gets in a fight with Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) at the bar, is credited as "douche."
On the screens where the numbers of the days in the relationship are shown, the coloring and "mood" of the background art change to reflect the status of the relationship. Good days are brighter and bad days are darker.
During the office party, Summer and Tom get into a conversation about the validity of love. During the conversation, Summer makes a reference to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther." Her line, when the idea for Tom to sing comes up, is, "I nominate young Werther here."
Tom repeatedly associates the Patrick Swayze song "She's Like the Wind" with Summer. That song was originally recorded for the movie Dirty Dancing (1987), in which Jennifer Grey starred as the "she" that Swayze is singing about. Clark Gregg, who plays Tom's boss in (500) Days of Summer (2009), married Jennifer Grey in 2001.
The New Hampshire Greetings office and Tom's apartment were filmed in the same building.
When Tom first enters Summer's apartment, the camera focuses on a bowler hat with a green apple on top of it. This resembles the famous painting "The Son of Man" by René Magritte, one of Summer's favorite artists.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt wears T-shirts for Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and "Unknown Pleasures," and The Clash's "London Calling" albums.
The Smiths' "Louder Than Bombs," The Jesus & Mary Chain's "Psychocandy," and Public Image Ltd.'s "Album" can been seen in Tom's childhood room.
This film is set in 2006-2007 (the narrator says at the end of the film that May 23 was a Wednesday. The last time May 23 was a Wednesday was 2007). However, Summer's e-mail message to Tom on Day 303 is dated May 7, 2008.
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt had also appeared alongside each other in the movie Manic (2001).
One thing that both Tom and Summer have in common is their love for "Bananafish." This was the name of a band that gained national prominence for a brief period in the 80s, in turn named for the first of J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories: A Perfect Day for Bananafish." Actress Zooey Deschanel, who portrayed Summer in this film, is herself named for another Salinger story, "Franny & Zooey."
The cover of Steven Patrick Morrissey's debut album, "Viva Hate," can be seen in both Tom and Summer's childhood rooms.
In the first draft of the screenplay, the film was set in San Francisco.
The Adult film that Tom and Summer rent called "Sweet and Shower" is a fictional film and does not actually exist.
The black-and-white movies Tom is watching at cinema are the parodies of the movies directed by Ingmar Bergman.
When Summer first comes around to Tom's apartment, the song playing is "Have I Been a Fool" by Jack Penate, which contains the lyrics "A kiss is just a kiss, I think that's what fools say."
Jean-Paul Vignon originally narrated the Swedish scene in French. In the final version, Jonas Åkerlund is narrating in Swedish.
The Ringo Starr music album that Tom shows Summer in the vinyl store is the 1981 work "Stop and Smell the Roses."
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In Summer's apartment, there is a copy of Paul Cezanne's famous "Blue Vase," which is an important part of Cezanne's influence to Cubism.
This was the second time Joseph Gordon-Levitt had played a character named Tom. He previously played Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996).
Both hometowns that the main characters are from are fictional. The closest there is to a Margate, New Jersey is a Margate Township, but there is no actual city or town named Margate. There is no place in the state of Michigan named Shinnecock.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The Region 1 DVD from 20th Century Fox includes an audio descriptive track.
7 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Patricia Belcher, who plays Millie, has a recurring role in Bones (2005) which stars Zooey Deschanel's sister Emily Deschanel.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Cameo 

Richard McGonagle: The narrator (uncredited).

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Red is intentionally not used in this film, and the color blue is often conveyed to represent love or happiness (Tom dancing down the street after Summer first stays, etc.). The color red does make an appearance, in Summer's apartment where a little red origami bird can be seen. It makes a final appearance at the end when Tom meets Autumn, and the color of her blouse is red.
The narrator states that Tom meets Summer on January 8th. Since it is 500 days, Tom lets go of Summer (and meets Autumn) on May 23rd of the next year.
Summer breaks it off with Tom on Day 290 and is married by day 476, which is a 186-day difference. Roughly estimating, Summer got married a little over six months after breaking up with Tom.
There is a fan theory that the final conversation between Tom and Summer on the park bench was all imagined by Tom and did not really happen. If that is accurate, then Day 408 (at Summer's house party when he learns of her engagement) is the last time Tom ever sees Summer.

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page