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(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Written by:  Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Directed by:  Marc Webb
Starring:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Matthew Gray Gubler, Chloe Moretz, Clark Gregg

Synopsis:  Tom (Gordon-Levitt) believes in a thing called true love. Unfortunately, he's in love with Summer (Deschanel), who doesn't. This film spans 500 days of their relationship, from beginning to end.

I finally got around to watching this movie. People have been talking about it for a year now, but watching it got relegated to the bottom of my to-do list because of other priorities. Anyway, I loooooved it! It was just the right mix of quirky and romantic. When I say romantic, I'm obviously not implying a happy ending. Because there is no happy ending for two people like Tom and Summer. It was never going to work from the beginning, and the audience becomes well aware of this rather quickly. I actually enjoyed the way the movie was realistic in one respect: relationships rarely turn out like they do in the movies. The vast majority of them end, and people get their feelings hurt in the process. It was refreshing to see a movie that recognizes this fact.

A quick word on the casting: it was excellent.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel look like a real couple. Their characters' personalities and the way they were styled made them...go together. Also, I liked the choice of Geoffrey Arend and Matthew Gray Gubler as Tom's best friends; they were both quite funny.  And Chloe Moretz was perfect as Tom's wise-beyond-her-years little sister. Finally, a West Wing connection (YAY!!) -- Clark Gregg makes an appearance as Tom and Summer's boss!

If you haven't seen (500) Days of Summer, please do. I thought it was very well done overall.
Tags: movies, watchlist 2010

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