I went to this movie because I was exhausted with going to see the stereotypical romantic comedies, and I got just what I wanted; for just as the narrator stated, “This is not a love story”. The story had a great moral to it, interesting direction and a good cast, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Brick) and Zooey Deschanel ( Yes Man).
So the story revolves mostly around Tom Hanson (Joseph Gordon- Levitt) whose ideas as to the meaning of love have been much biased by popular English pop songs and the rose colored ideological viewpoint therein. As you hopefully know, there are not 500 days in summer. The Summer this movie is referring to is Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel). The two meet when Tom’s boss hires her as his secretary. One night the company goes out to dinner and karaoke and afterwards Tom’s friend, drunk and revealing, let’s out that Tom likes her. Upon receipt of this information Summer doesn’t hesitate to ask Tom if he wants to be her friend and from here on begins the friend relationship, “with benefits” (that quotes from Nick &Norah’s endless playlist).
Tom genuinely loves Summer and wants to be her boyfriend but, Summer detests the thought of putting labels on there relationship and doesn’t want anything serious. “There’s a girl in my bed and she says she doesn’t want anything serious” is sort of how tom says it when Summer comes to his place prior to making out. Tom feels as if Summer is filibustering their relationship and it burns him that she doesn’t feel about him the way he feels about her. The only partial parallel in this movie I can find juxtapose another is Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey’s character not wanting anybody to belong to anybody. But as the film states, “This is not a love story”…
It’s hard to really express too you the full meaning of the movie without giving it away, but one of the things that is dealt with in this awesome film is the separation of fact from fiction and real from fantasized. You will love this movie not only for the thespian portrait that Gordon-Levitt paints of the arduous quest for love, but for the subtle comedy that lurks within the occasional line.
Don’t miss this movie if you haven’t seen it already, don’t hesitate to go see it now.