1 hour, 35 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for sexual material and language.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Audio Commentary with Director Marc Webb and Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Lost Days of Summer - Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Tom
Zooey Deschanel ... Summer
Geoffrey Arend ... McKenzie
Chloe Moretz ... Rachel
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Paul
Clark Gregg ... Vance
Patricia Belcher ... Millie
Rachel Boston ... Alison
appealing post-modern comedy that mades it debut at the Sundance Film Festival, our hopelessly romantic hero Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt "The Lookout"), a young greeting-card copywriter in Los Angeles who has a degree in architecture that is currently gathering dust, falls for a co-worker named Summer (Zooey Deschanel "Yes Man") who has been in his life for 500 days. The movie hopscotches through time to show us all the ups and downs of their complicated relationship. And while
from the beginning you know, more or less, what happened between them, your interest will be held while you learn exactly how it all came about.
Summer is the type of woman with whom men have always fallen in love. She is pretty in a girl-next-door sort of way, easygoing and approachable, smart but not intimidating. She also does not believe in true love or "The One." This is unfortunate for Tom, who not only believes in it but believes he will not be happy until he finds "The One," and he thinks Summer might be her.
But there is a slight problem. Tom is more in love with Summer than Summer is with Tom. What happens from there is a foregone conclusion, though it's startling to see it played out so realistically and empathetically. Despite being delightfully witty and inventive, the film directed by Marc Webb, making his first feature film, is never self-conscious, although you keep hoping the film will not have the ending that is so clearly foretold from the beginning.
Apart from the title, there's nothing cutesy about (500) Days of Summer with its tight, well-structured screenplay. It's the kind of script you can tell wasn't cobbled together by a studio committee, as is so often the case. This inventive film was written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber who also wrote The Pink Panther 2, but this time they have not taken the obvious routes which so many romantic movies do. Most of all you're bound to fall in love with Tom and/or Summer, so much that you'll leave happier than you went in, and what more could you possibly wish?