Tag Lines : Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t.

This is not a love story. This is a story about love.

It was almost like falling in love.

Why I watched it : The title, poster and tag line just talked to me + cast

Who is in it :

Director : Marc Webb

Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

Tom Hansen : Joseph Gordon-Levitt (you’ve recently seen him in Inception (2010) and you might remember him as Cameron in 10 things I hate about you (1999))

Summer Finn : Zooey Deschanel (Bones’ Emily Deschanel little sister)

McKenzie : Geoffrey Arend (currently in Body of Proof (2010), also seen in Garden state(2004))

Rachel Hansen (the little sister) : Chloe Moretz (Hit girl in Kick-Ass (2010))

Paul : Matthew Gray Gubler (whom you know as Dr Reid on Criminal Minds (TV, since 2005). The reason he wears scales in season 5 is because he hurt his knee dancing with his co-workers from the film)

Millie : Patricia Belcher (whom you can see on Bones (TV, since 2006) as Caroline, the prosecutor)

What it is : Romance, comedy, drama

What it is about : Tom is a former architecture student who now creates greeting cards for a living. He meets Summer at his office and the movie follows their unusual love story.

What I liked about it : The cast, as usual. Summer’s character is really original. Her personality is well built. You really understand how she stands out and how they click together when they pretend living at Ikea. Also when you get to see both their apartments with Summer’s coffee table (you can see there is a derby hat with a green apple on top of it just like a famous painting) or the giant blackboard Tom uses to draw on. The little sister’s character is also very funny, in the sense that she is the one giving him advice on his love life.

I liked the little drawings used to illustrate the days going back and forth. How the weather changes accordingly to how the relationship is going : good weather = they’re in love, bad weather = they’re fighting. I loved the moment when Tom goes to Summer’s party and there is the split screen between his expectations and reality. I have kind of mixed feeling about the short black and white movie within the movie when Tom gets his heart broken. I noticed a lot of “French” moments : between the music (see below), the “Bon chat, bon rat” poster and this short movie where they mostly talk in French.

The movie is mostly colorless (grey-ish) until he falls in love with her, then you can notice that the movie is mostly blue, apparently this was done on purpose to bring out the colors of Zooey’s eyes.

I loved the days counting forward and backwards and the fact that we know how it ends early in the movie and the ending with the (SPOILERS) counting back from zero but the scene where Summer tells him she’s engaged was kind of weird, but serves the story.

 

Quotes :

Narrator : (Opening) “The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you Jenny Beckman. Bitch.”

Tom : (At Ikea, pretending to be in their house) “Darling ? I don’t know how to tell you this, but… there’s a Chinese family in our bathroom.”

Paul : “ Any Hum-Job ? Handjob ?” / Tom : “No jobs, I’m still unemployed” (Summer walks in) / Paul : “Call me if any –job comes up”…

Narrator : “There’s only 2 kind of people in the world : There’s men and women. Summer Finn was a woman. Height : average (5.5 feet). Weight : Average (121 pounds). Shoe size : Slightly above average (Size 8). For all intents and purposes, Summer Finn ? Just another girl. Except she wasn’t.”

Paul : (After Tom tells him how much he love Summer) “This is not good!”

Paul : (After Tom told his friends he thinks Summer is seeing another guy because she said her week-end was “gooooood”) “Did she say “Hey” instead of “Hi” too ? Because you know that means she’s a lesbian, right ?!”

Soundtrack : Music is very present in the movie, even through Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s tee-shirts ( Joy Division, The Clash) and through the posters (they both have posters of Morrissey’s debut album, Viva Hate, in their childhood bedrooms)

Zooey Deschanel chose her own for the karaoke scene, the Sugartown song. Joseph Gordon-Levitt ‘s song is an answer to Summer not believing in love (Here comes your man)

Just a message to the music director (and probably to the marketing team) : Carla Bruni really ? come ON ! If you wanted to buy the French public, using the president’s wife is not really original ! At least in Seven pounds (2009) they used Charles Aznavour !

Other than that I liked that they used the Smiths as the link between Summer and Tom.

There is also the little “musical-like” moment after they send the night together and Tom goes to work and the whole street starts dancing with him, the fountains also go off according to the music, which is played by a marching band who just appeared to be in the neighborhood ! Extra point for the little animated blue bird in the end and when he looks and smiles at the camera !

Trivia : The film is set in 2006-2007. (The narrator says at the end of the film that May 23 was a Wednesday. The last time May 23 was a Wednesday was 2007.)

The narrator states that Tom meets Summer on January 8th. Since it is 500 days, Tom lets go of Summer (and meets Autumn) on May 23rd of the next year.

During the flashback to Summer’s job selling ice cream, Tom can be seen waiting in line.

Advertisement : The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival where it received a standing ovation. It’s European launch was as the of the 62nd Locarno Film Festival.

As for the posters, they really show the spirit of the movie. There are very different posters from one country to another, the marketing team really adapted the communication to the local public. (see the picture gallery and pictures above).

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