Tagline: Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn't.
Synopsis: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in director Marc Webb's wry, nonlinear romantic comedy about a man who falls head over heels for a woman who doesn't believe in love. Tom (Gordon-Levitt) is an aspiring architect who currently earns his living as a greeting card writer. Upon encountering his boss' beautiful new secretary, Summer (Deschanel), Tom discovers that the pair have plenty in common despite the fact that she's seemingly out of his league; for starters, they both love the Smiths, and they're both fans of surrealist artist Magritte. Before long Tom is smitten. All he can think about is Summer. Tom believes deeply in the concept of soul mates, and he's finally found his. Unfortunately for Tom, Summer sees true love as the stuff of fairy tales, and isn't looking for romance. Undaunted and undeterred by his breezy lover's casual stance on relationships, Tom summons all of his might and courage to pursue Summer and convince her that their love is real.
Round-up: In his review for Entertainment Weekly, Owen Gleiberman is overflowing with compliments and comparisons to classic indies: "It's a Gen-Y 'Annie Hall' made by a new-style Wes Anderson who uses his cleverness for hum... anity instead of postmodern superiority. None of it would work, though, without such lived-in performances. Deschanel makes the lovely, sensuous Summer just precocious enough to know what she wants without coming out and saying it, and Gordon-Levitt, with his junior Springsteenian chin jut, lets you read every glimmer of hope, pain, lust, and befuddlement beneath his nervy facade." In a four-star review, Chicago Sun-Times's Roger Ebert brings upa few impossibilities in the script after stating, "In romance, we believe what we want to believe. That’s the reason '500 Days of Summer' is so appealing." On Reelviews, James Berardinelli's review glows, "With romantic comedies, too often the constraints of the formula rob the movie of integrity. When something comes along like (500) Days of Summer, a willingness to deviate from the template allows the film to seem more honest and unusual than should perhaps be the case. Another departure from the norm is the script's decision to present the fantasy of romantic longing from a male perspective without an inordinate amount of sex and sophomoric behavior (differentiating it from Judd Apatow's endeavors)." Finally, in New York Magazine, David Edelstein does the unthinkable by comparing "Summer" to a studio bomb, "Compare '(500) Days' to the messed-up teen comedy 'I Love You, Beth Cooper,' adapted by Larry Doyle from his rollicking novel. The latter film is ploddingly directed, but along the way the object of the nerd hero’s fantasies, Beth Cooper (a lovely performance by Hayden Panettiere), acquires more and more complexity. And three dimensions, however dim, are more enlivening than the sparkling two of '(500) Days of Summer.'"