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500 Days of Summer--romantic comedy with Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel


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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Thi Them

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Posted January 18 2009 - 03:06 PM

Teaser trailer available: Fox Searchlight - 500 Days of Summer - Official Site

Looks great!

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#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted January 18 2009 - 04:47 PM

The synopsis reminds me of Eternal Sunshine. Since it has Zooey D. I will go see. Posted Image
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#3 of 18 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted January 18 2009 - 05:13 PM

It's nice to see Zooey Deschanel, my favorite working silver screen actress, making good movies again. After "Tin Man" and The Happening, I was beginning to get nervous.

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Posted January 18 2009 - 11:32 PM

Looks interesting. Have to say the teaser felt a little odd.

Like many, I like Zooey, but I am also glad to see Levitt getting what could be higher profile work, he is a really good actor.

#5 of 18 OFFLINE   David Deeb

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Posted April 18 2009 - 12:52 AM

I saw this, this week at the Nashville Film Festival. It is an excellent, fresh, creative spin on a "romantic comedy". The audience loved it. Best of all, it is flat out hilarious. It is an intellegent story about relationships. The comedy comes from the characters & real life, and not from gross out 6th-grade bathroom humor that seems to in many comedies these days.

The director was in attendance and said it goes nationwide in the summer. Encourage everyone to see it. Levitt and Deschanel are perfect together.

Music selection is awesome. The director makes great use of his music video directing experience. I won't give away anything, but there is a real music related surprise halfway through which left everyone with smiles on their faces.

I knew nothing about this movie before seeing it. It made it so much better. Sometimes previews, reviews & even internet forums end up ruining a fresh experience.

Go see this one. It will be a hit.

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Posted July 25 2009 - 02:08 PM

With the slow roll-out, I ended up driving into the city to see "(500) Days of Summer", and it ended up being a worthwhile trip.  The film takes a time-fractured look into the relationship between Tom (Joseph Gordon-Leavitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel).  While the film isn't bust-out LOL funny, it manages to balance out a gamut of humorous, warm, sweet, melancholy, yadda yadda scenes, and the viewer is treated to many different emotional touchstones in this relationship as the story bounces around their timeline, but it still makes sense with a fine sense of narrative pacing.  Overall, it's just a nice, solid film about 2 people and the journey of their relationship.  The film featured very good performances and chemistry between Gordon-Leavitt and Deschanel.  

If you're in the mood for such a film, it's worth checking out.

I give it 3 stars, or a grade of B.

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Posted July 25 2009 - 02:22 PM

I saw this last night after seeing so much praise for it.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It has a very feel-good nature to it, the writing is crisp and fun and it is easily the best date movie so far this summer, outside of "Up!" if you're a married couple.

My wife & I enjoyed the hell out of it, and the soundtrack is very good.


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Posted July 25 2009 - 02:46 PM

I'm looking forward to checking this out. I think it'll hit a theater in my area next Friday (then after a week, it'll be swept away so they can have a 5 screens for GI Joe) and it's definitely coming to the area art theater so I'll catch it soon.


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Posted July 25 2009 - 04:33 PM

At my AMC theater, they have this really cool 8-9 foot tall display for this movie, and it's basically the movie poster blown up and comes with some 3D-ness standees for the Tom character in the bottom left corner.  I'd love to have this display but I have nowhere to keep it in my house.

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Posted August 07 2009 - 06:06 AM

I caught it this morning and I enjoyed it quite a bit. There's elements that felt like they were directly from my (and probably most of the audience's) life.

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Posted August 07 2009 - 12:55 PM

Just got back from a screening. This is a smart, funny and moving romantic comedy. What an antidote to the formulaic dreck that usually defines the genre. To me, it played like a 21st Century Annie Hall, which is a high complement from this Woody Allen fan. The film played very well with the audience I saw it with. In fact, I sense this may very well be this year's breakout indy hit, a la Juno or Little Miss Sunshine. If that holds, expect it to grab one of the 10 Best Picture slots at next year's Oscars (it will certainly end up in my Top Ten).

I also think this may be the breakout pic for both leads. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are perfectly cast. They have great chemistry, and make their characters both sympathetic & believable.
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There's elements that felt like they were directly from my (and probably most of the audience's) life.
I agree. I know I certainly have had my 500 days...

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Posted September 06 2009 - 09:02 PM

Wonderful movie with some really fun dialogue. Very charming. Great music too.
I went back last night to see it again with more friends.


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Posted January 06 2010 - 04:23 AM

Watched it on DVD last night and was unimpressed. I won't say it was a bad movie, but I don't see why people are so excited about it.

I think it may be because the scenes were in random order for no apparent reason. I don't mind flashbacks or bookends, but telling a story in random order rarely makes sense. If you sat down to tell about a relationship you had, you wouldn't tell it in random order, would you?

It would have been nice if the DVD had some extras that explained why the story was so random.

I did like the scene with the Hall & Oates song, as well as the one with the split screen, and the very last scene.


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Posted January 06 2010 - 04:56 AM

I thought it was overly cutesy and twee and self-satisfied, sort of like Pushing Daisies.

This was a comedy?  I don't remember laughing at anything.


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Posted January 06 2010 - 06:48 AM

Anyone who doesn't laugh at

Him seeing himself as Han Solo in the reflection
is off their rocker, IMO.

To me it's the best film I've seen in 2009, and the Expectations/Reality scene is the most finely crafted scene of the year.


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Posted January 06 2010 - 07:04 AM

I actually don't even remember that scene.  I only really remember that extended musical number with the cartoon birds (only because it was cute at first and then it went on way too long) and the last scene, only because I was waiting and waiting for Minka Kelly to appear. 

I think there was a karaoke scene?

I swear I sat through the whole thing.


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Posted January 06 2010 - 07:19 AM

The Expectations/Reality scene has to last at least 7-8 minutes. /img/vbsmilies/htf/confused.gif

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Posted January 06 2010 - 07:49 AM

I don't think the random time jumping helped with my being able to recall scenes from the film.

Even with your description I can almost picture the scene (although I may simply be thinking of other movie scenes that used the same trope), but I do not remember any of it.