Director: Marc Webb Screenplay: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moretz Time: 95mins Age Restriction: 13LM
If you’ve ever been confused, bruised or amused by love, this film will engage you fully, giving you several belly laughs and perhaps a few tears while you’re at it.
As the narrator himself points out so adamantly, 500 Days of Summer is not a love story, but “a story of Boy meets Girl”. It follows the meeting and subsequent relationship of said Boy (Tom) and Girl (Summer). Boy is looking for his soul mate; Girl doesn’t believe in love.
Therein lies my only reservation about the movie’s values: they’re not married, not even in love, but they’re living together? Having sex? If they break up, it’s going to hurt bad enough without the separation of souls in a union as intimate as sex.
As always, Zooey Deschanel is simply lovely as the Summer of the title and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is equally endearing as Tom. By the way, if during the film you’re wondering where the heck you’ve seen him before (as I wondered), he recently appeared in G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, has been in several TV sitcoms and shows, and had a significant role in 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You.
One of the must-see films of this season; this is a beautiful, bittersweet story that hits very close to home and was nominated for two Golden Globes.