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Film Review: 500 Days of Summer

Written by: FFT Webmaster | July 21st, 2009

****

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Music video director Marc Webb crosses over to long form dramatic filmmaking and hits a home-run with this stylish feature debut. 

 Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel became Sundance favorites, starring together in this Fox Searchlight romance already scheduled for a July release. After the film at the Q & A at the Eccles, Joseph Gordon- Levitt opined “She and I have talked about it, and we want to be like Katherine  Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. We want to keep making movies together.” And judging from the quality of their effort that wouldn’t be a bad thing at all. Scott Neustadter and Marc Webb’s script presents the relationship in a fractured and entertaining manner.  The heart of the story is the pain of rejection,  from the male point-of-view,  500 days after first meeting the woman he thought would be the love of his life.  See this one for its likeability and its panache.

This review ran in our Sundance coverage and the film now seems destined to be one of the biggest indie success stories of 2009.  See it! 

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