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500 Days of Summer
Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend
Directed by Marc Webb
Fox Home Entertainment 2009
95 minutes

500 Days of Summer is a fun and original romantic film DVD. This is a quirky, charming and fun to watch chick flick about two twenty-somethings who fall in love. 500 Days of Summer is not told in a straight timeline but not enough so as to confuse or annoy the viewer; each scene also begins by indicating which day it is. It is also fun to see a romantic movie that is not schmaltzy or soap-operatic and does not telegraph and force the emotions on you.

Tom Hansen has been working for a greeting card company for 3 or 4 years when the totally enchanting Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) walks in. It is love at first sight and things go well at first. The story begins on Day 290 when Tom is distraught after Summer ends the relationship.

Tom and Summer are real people and not what Hollywood imagines people are. They also have real lives and real apartments, not the million-dollar decorator created condo so often seen in this kind of movie. 500 Days of Summer is also not your cookie cutter romantic movie with formulaic set ups and scenes.

Instead, you get something quite original. A favorite on this DVD is the scene where Tom is pining away at the movies and there are spoofs of French and Swedish movies starring Tom and Summer. Also quite good is the expectations / reality split screen sequence.

There isn’t something else out there quite like 500 Days of Summer. That is reason enough to give this DVD a try.

500 Days of Summer Blu-ray Disc Special Features: Feature commentary with Director Marc Webb, Writer Michael Weber, Co-Writer Scott Neustadter and Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Lost Days of Summer: Deleted and Extended Scenes With Optional Commentary by Director Marc Webb, Writer Michael Weber, Co-Writer Scott Neustadter and Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt “Love Testimonials”  “I Think We Should Stop Seeing Each Other” “Family Dinner” (Day 11) “Paul Meets Summer”  “Tom and Summer Argue”  “Tom in the Movie Theatre” (Day 286)  “The Worst Morning Ever”  “Tom Sees Summer Everywhere” (Day 306)  “Date With Allison” (Day 345) ; Not A Love Story – Making (500) Days of Summer; Summer At Sundance; Two Audition Tapes With Optional Commentary By Director Marc Webb; Summer Storyboards; Bank Dance Directed By Marc Webb; Mean’s Cinemash: “Sid and Nancy 500 Days of Summer”; Music Video: “Sweet Disposition” By Temper Trap; Six Conversations With Zooey and Joseph; Filmmaking Specials; Digital Copy of 500 Days of Summer

DVD Special Features are the commentary track and the deleted and extended scenes.

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