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Monday, May 20, 2013

(500) Days Of Summer (2009)

A young man (Joseph Gordon Levitt), who writes prose for greeting cards for a living, falls head over heels in love with a co-worker by the name of Summer (Zooey Deschanel, so who can blame him?). But she warns him that she has no interest in a committed relationship ... which signals heartbreak ahead. One of the most unique and charming of recent romantic comedies, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER is unusual not only in its fragmented structure, the film's nonlinear narrative bounces back and forth haphazardly through the 500 days it takes to tell the story but its emphasis on the often messy pain of love rather than its joys. Anyone who's been hopelessly in love, only to be dumped, can relate to the invigoratingly authentic and inventive manner in which director Marc Webb's romance maze takes us. It prickles with spirit and wit accompanied by a terrific batch of perfectly selected pop songs with two leads that define cute (in a good way!).

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