Throughout, we are treated to small, perfect moments: Tom and Summer's first conversation in an elevator, a night of drunken kaoroke, sexual tension on a model bed in an IKEA storeroom. These scenes -- and many others -- are funny and lovely. At one point, Tom provides a list of what, exactly, he loves about Summer: her eyes, her knees, her laugh; later, we see the same images again when Tom describes what, exactly, he doesn't like about Summer: her eyes, her knees, her laugh.
To end this review, however, I'd like to skip back, away from the slightly unfortunate ending, to the film's glorious middle -- the film's most perfect moment when all was right in Tom's world. It's the morning after their first time having sex, and Tom leaves his apartment, ridiculously happy. In a hilarious and ebullient sequence, Gordon-Levitt sings and dances through the streets of Los Angeles to the Hall and Oates song "You Make My Dreams Come True." A growing chorus of strangers joins in, one by one, crowding the screen, for a traditional Hollywood dance number. His joy is that infectious; the film is that infectious.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Grace Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler
Directed by: Marc Webb
Produced by: Mark Waters, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mason Novick
Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.
Release Date: July 17th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual material and language.
Distributors: Fox Searchlight Pictures