Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom rediscovers his true passions in life.
|Release Date||:||July 17, 2009|
|Genres||:||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|Production Company||:||Fox Searchlight Pictures, Watermark, Dune Entertainment III|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Marc Webb, Renetta G. Amador|
|Writers||:||Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber|
|Casts||:||Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Chloë Grace Moretz, Geoffrey Arend, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Patricia Belcher, Rachel Boston, Minka Kelly, Ian Reed Kesler, Valente Rodriguez, Yvette Nicole Brown, Nicole Vicius, Charles Walker, Darryl Alan Reed, Nadine Ellis, Alejandro Estornel, Gregory Thompson, Rebecca Lin, Natalie Boren, Maile Flanagan, Darryl Sivad, Sybil Azur|
|Plot Keywords||:||date, sex, jealousy, fight, architect, gallery, interview, sister, party, love, friends, fate, los angeles, summer, ikea, year, heartache|
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?