Terry Hunter reviews 500 DAYS OF SUMMER

Hollywood has been making movies about romance for over a century, but they typically seem more like fantasy than reality. 500 DAYS OF SUMMER (2009) is different. It’s a smart, offbeat comedy-drama about what we’re told up front is a failed romance. The movie has a non-linear plot that jumps back and forth among 500 days in the relationship of a young couple. Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) believes in true love and says so. Summer (Zooey Deschannel) doesn’t and she’s honest about letting him know that. But Tom thinks he can change her mind. And Sommer thinks he’s being truthful when he says it’s OK that she’s not looking for anything serious. In romance many of us believe what we want to believe even when it’s not true. And that insight underlies every scene of this wise, heartfelt, and very entertaining movie.

Terry Hunter reviews 500 DAYS OF SUMMER