STARRINGJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Clark Gregg, Minka Kelly, Rachel BostonDIRECTED BYMarc WebbSCREENPLAYScott Neustadter, Michael WeberMPAA RATINGRated PG-13RUNNING TIME95 Mins.DISTRIBUTED BYFox Searchlight

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There is a moment in every relationship where you arrive at this point where you "know" if this is going to be "the one"- That is, unless this moment never arrives.

"500 Days of Summer," the debut feature film from director Marc Webb and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, is a romantic comedy that evolves around these moments of knowing, not knowing, thinking you know & not really knowing for sure that you know what you think you know.


Who really understands this thing we điện thoại tư vấn love?

Certainly not Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "Brick" & "Mysterious Skin") & Summer (Zooey Deschanel, "Elf" và Almost Famous").

Tom believes in love sầu, or at least in the greeting card version of love. Of course, that makes sense as Tom is a greeting thẻ writer who spends his days writing soundbyte sentimentality lớn put words khổng lồ those things many of us can"t communicate. He wants to lớn be an architect, but has seemingly blocked himself inlớn this safe & relatively drama free professional existence.

Summer, on the other hand, is either the walking wounded or simply mortally jaded in all matters of the heart. She meets Tom. She likes Tom. She appreciates Tom but, she states very up front, she will not become Tom"s girlfriover or, for that matter, any other label that we lượt thích lớn use khổng lồ define our relationships.

Because this is a romantic comedy, we know that Tom and Summer will be attracted lớn one another, will resist that attraction, will finally give inkhổng lồ that attraction, will seem perfect with one another và, finally, will not be perfect with one another.

We expect that "500 Days of Summer" will unfold lượt thích every other thắm thiết comedy that Hollywood gives us...somehow, someway Tom & Summer will weave their way through their many obstacles and will over up happily ever after.

Hollywood loves happily ever after.

Yet in "500 Days of Summer," one of the most delightful and intelligent romantic comedies since "Love Actually," it becomes obvious rather early on that director Marc Webb is opting for authentiđô thị over Hollywood formula và the final result is a film that somehow manages to lớn seamlessly blend hopefulness with heartbreak & the magic of love sầu with its mundane realities.

Much of this is accomplished in a way that some will find maddening, yet it unfolds perfectly within the context of the lives of Tom và Summer. "500 Days of Summer" flashes back & forth throughout the film between the early days of the awkward first meetings, the fumbling days of getting to know one another, the celebratory days of transcendent love, the bitter break-up, the unfathomable grief &, yes, the resolution that is happy và satisfying và simply feels right for everyone involved.

Isn"t this what we all vày with love? We remember the good, the bad, the challenging, the moments that defined the relationship và the moments that, perhaps, defined its breakdown? We don"t rehotline our lost loves in chronological order, but by the moments that touched us most deeply và shaped our souls.

This is exactly what unfolds in "500 Days of Summer," a relationship of two people who seem so delightfully perfect for one another và, yet, a relationship in which that moment of "knowing" simply never arrives for one of the two involved.

The brilliance of Neustadter và Weber"s script is that through the entire life cycle of the relationship, the blame game is avoided và, quite simply, two people are companioned falling in like, maybe falling in love, caring for one another & coming khổng lồ terms with everything the relationship is, is not và may never be. The dialogue is rich, authentic, honest & genuine và magnificently brought lớn life by the entire cast.

For those of you who know Joseph Gordon-Levitt only for his longtime role as the youngest cast member on televisions "Third Roông chồng From the Sun," his performance here will be a delightful revelation. For those who"ve followed his growing career in indie flicks over the past five years or so, his performance in "500 Days of Summer" will leave sầu you giddy with joy. With few exceptions, his disappointing turn in "Havoc" being the primary example, Gordon-Levitt has been building a stunning repertoire of diverse performances in such films as the magnificent và underrated "Mysterious Skin," the far too underseen "Latter Days" and the critically acclaimed "Briông chồng." Here, Gordon-Levitt marvelously intertwines both the innocence và hopefulness of Tom with his increasing despair as the reality of his relationship with Summer does not meet his expectation. In films such as "Mysterious Skin," Gordon-Levitt has proven he"s an actor willing lớn take chances & in "500 Days of Summer," he surrenders himself to the full breadth of Tom"s relationship in such a way that it is simply awesome to lớn behold.

The same is very much true for Zooey Deschanel, quite literally the perfect actress khổng lồ portray Summer. Summer could easily have been turned inkhổng lồ not much more than a beautiful yet jaded and bitchy young woman, but Deschanel crawls inside Summer"s soul & brings her khổng lồ life in such a way that it is impossible khổng lồ not identify with Tom"s complete adoration for her. For all her aggravating quirkiness, Summer is beautiful, intelligent, sensitive, honest & true. Deschanel has proven time và again quite skilled at portraying vibrant & spirited women filled lớn the brim with life. In "500 Days of Summer," Deschanel radiates a beauty and tenderness that challenges the audience lớn not accept the stereotype of her even though much of what we are seeing in the film comes from Tom"s perspective. Deschanel"s performance is richly realized, funny & heartfelt.

Quite literally, every frame of "500 Days of Summer" is beautiful và awesome to lớn behold, with scenes that unfold like a Bergmanesque remembrance all the way lớn an unexpected và yet spot-on magical dance sequence that magnificently evokes the feelings we all feel when we believe sầu, at least for a fleeting moment, that we have found "the one."

There are films that come along ever so often that prove sầu to be time capsules of the human experience- "500 Days of Summer" is such a film. With tenderness và humanity, joy và pain, hope & heartbreak & everything in between, "500 Days of Summer" bursts khổng lồ life & becomes far and away the best romantic comedy of 2009 và, perhaps, in recent years.

"500 Days of Summer" was the opening night film of the 2009 Indianapolis International Film Festival. It opens in New York & Los Angeles on July 17, 2009 and will be gradually released across the country.