The Twenty-First Century

(500) Days Of Summer [2009]

Smart romantic comedy (or is it one?) takes us back and forth in time to trace the relationship between a young man (Joseph Gordon Levitt) and his co-worker  (Zooey Deshanel). He’s crazy about her, but she doesn’t believe in love or a serious relationship, even though she likes him. Tom and Summer become more than just friends, but eventually real life will get in the way. Funny and sweet, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie as fresh and clever as this offbeat romantic comedy. The two stars are delightful to watch, especially Gordon Levitt, who’s never been more tender on screen. An endearing film that takes a familiar premise and turns it into something unconventional and unforgettable. One of my favorite movies of 2009. The soundtrack couldn’t be better.

  Rating: 3/4

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  1. I totally agree! One of the few well written and enjoyable romantic comedies in the last few years. And I love that they play a Belle & Sebastian song, which emphasizes the melancholic mood of the film. Gordon Levitt is awesome! You should check out his indie films like Brick, The Lookout and Mysterious Skin.

    • Gordon Levitt is such a good actor. I saw him in both Brick and The Lookout. Brick has a very noirish atmosphere and I loved his performance in it. I should check out the mysterious skin then!

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