Excerpt: Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) writes greeting cards and believes his life will never be complete until he meets the one, the woman of his dreams. Summer (Zooey Daschanel) is a new secretary in Tom’s office and doesn’t believe in love, let alone destiny based relationships.
Excerpt: In every way, Marc Webb's (500) Days of Summer is conceived to be the ultimate mix CD. It's so specifically tailored that it will make certain audience members think "It's like this movie was made for me!
Excerpt: The Film As I've already covered in my Blu-ray review of Repo! - the track record of films with exclamation points in the title is firmly established. However, parentheses is an entirely different animal and there's very little evidence to fall back on.
Excerpt: This is a story of boy meets girl, begins the wry, probing narrator of "500 Days Of Summer", and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a year-and-a-half of one young man's no-holds-barred love affair.
Conclusion: It's truly rare for a romantic comedy to side skirt cliché, avoid sentimentality, and deliver a genuinely affecting story, but (500) Days of Summer pulls it off with convincing performances and style to spare.
Excerpt: 500 Days of Summer was written in the midst of a breakup, and it shows. For all the warm, generous, very funny things that it is, the movie is also a cry of pain from a guy who just can't figure out why the girl of his dreams dumped him.
Summary: While sporting dual-frame shots, stylized production design, a jumbled timeline and occasional voice-overs, it's the subtle acting and direction that save this this enjoyable romantic comedy from hipster reflexivity.