(500) Days of Summer (2009) Poster


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The film's blue-centric color scheme was done to bring out Zooey Deschanel's eyes.
During the flashback to Summer's job selling ice cream, Tom can be seen waiting in line.
According to the DVD commentary, the writer estimates that 75% of the film actually happened to him.
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, the Sugartown song.
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.
Ian Reed Kesler, who gets in a fight with Tom at the bar, is credited as 'douche'.
Paul says "humjob" instead of "blowjob" to avoid an 'R' rating.
The 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.
In the original screenplay, Summer, was depicted as a having cropped blonde hair to construct a more summer-like persona.
Feature film debut of music-video director Marc Webb.
The studio never intended to include the documentary about love in the film, even going so far as to tell Marc Webb not to film it. The audience reaction during the first test screening convinced them otherwise.
The documentary about love was originally much longer and included opinions from Summer, Rachel, Millie, and Tom's mother.
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 Goethe's 'The Sorrows of Young Werther'. Her line, when the idea for Tom to sing comes up, is: "I nominate young Werther here."
The New Hampshire greetings office and Tom's apartment were filmed in the same building.
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.
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 Adult film that Tom and Summer rent called "Sweet and Shower" is a fictional film and doesn't actually exist.
In the first draft of the screenplay, the film was set in San Francisco.
Tom repeatedly associates the Patrick Swayze song "She's Like the Wind" with Summer. That song was originally recorded for the movie Dirty Dancing, 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, married Jennifer Grey in 2001.
One thing that both Tom and Summer have in common is their love for "Bananafish." This was the name of a band which gained national prominence for a brief period in the 80's, in turn named for the first of J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories": "A Perfect Day for Bananafish". Actress Zooey Deschanel who portrays Summer is herself named for another Salinger story, "Franny & Zooey".
Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt have also appeared alongside each other in the 2001 movie, Manic
The cover of Steven Patrick Morrissey's debut album, 'Viva Hate,' can be seen in both Tom and Summer's childhood rooms.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
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Jean-Paul Vignon originally narrated the Swedish scene in French. In the final version Jonas Åkerlund is narrating in Swedish.
The wedding occurs in San Pedro, CA.
In Summer's apartment there's a copy of Paul Cezanne's famous "Blue Vase" which is an important part of Cezanne's influence to Cubism.
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Autumn is the name of Joseph Gordon Leavitt's character's girlfriend on 3rd Rock From The Sun.
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This is the second time Joseph Gordon-Levitt has played a character named Tom. He previously played Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun.
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Richard McGonagle:  The narrator (uncredited).


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
Red is intentionally not used and the colour blue is often conveyed to represent love or happiness (Tom dancing down the street after Summer first stays) Red does make an appearance, in Summers apartment you can see a little red origami bird. The only appearance is at the end when Tom meets Autumn. It is the colour of her blouse

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