Chuck Zlotnick
Adam B. Vary
July 13, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

(500) Days of Summer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/17/09
performer
Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg, Minka Kelly
director
Marc Webb
author
Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
genre
Comedy

We gave it an A

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel
Directed by: Marc Webb
Release date: July 17

Chemistry is probably the make-or-break element of any movie romance, but it wasn’t ever an issue for Gordon-Levitt (Stop-Loss) and Deschanel (Yes Man). ”I adore Zooey,” beams Gordon-Levitt. ”She’s the most beautiful girl making art right now.” Echoes Deschanel: ”He brings out the best in me. I just kinda wanna do, like, every other movie with him. We kept going, ‘Let’s become the next Tracy and Hepburn!”’ She pauses. ”I mean, these are lofty goals.” Even more lofty is the filmmakers’ hope of reviving the romantic-comedy genre — employing split screens, animated title cards, a postcoital dance sequence, and a time-twisting story line that hops non-chronologically through a relationship between a greeting-card writer (Gordon-Levitt) and his girlfriend (Deschanel). ”It’s what it’s actually like to remember something like this,” explains Gordon-Levitt. ”You remember the day you met, but then that reminds you of some other great date, and that reminds you of the first time you had sex. We’re betting the audience has probably felt some of this before, and knows that it’s no simple matter, love.”

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