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Thursday, September 24, 2009

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER

By D.E.Levine

Director: Marc Webb
Writers: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Patricia Belcher, Rachel Boston, Minka Kelly et al.
Producers: Mason Novick, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters and Steven J. Wolfe
Co-producer: Scott Hyman
Associate Producer: Veronica Brooke
Original Music: Mychael Danna and Rob Simonsen
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Romance, Musical, Comedy

Advertised as not a love story but rather a story about love. This story is about a fellow who falls head over heels in love with a girl who simply doesn't believe in cheesy things like love or fate.

Played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom is convinced that he will one day spot his soul mate and while involved with Summer (Zooey Deschanel) he truly believes they'll live happily ever after forever.

Summer, a product of divorce, isn't interested in the concept of love or marriage. She's like many girls we know with a philosophy to match.

One cannot say this is truly original because all the basic elements and characters of a comedic romance are there. All have been previously used, i.e. the boy looking for true love, the girl looking for a fleeting relationship, the friends who provide comic relief, the voice of reason via the character of a child, a musical number that adds brightness and lightness and various other elements that are both good and bad.

However, despite it's lack of originality, the cast is good and the story is entertaining. We don't have to agree with the film's philosophy in order to enjoy it, and Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel work well together and play off each other in a most entertaining manner.