The twentysomething rom-com “(500) Days of Summer” has been a hit on the festival circuit and it’s easy to see why. Parroting the hipster yet accessible feel-good vibe of “Juno” and “Garden State,” this sweetly engaging trifle goes down as easy as a cold lemonade on a hot afternoon. That it’s a compendium of indie-gone-mainstream ideas, and not particularly believable, probably isn’t going to hurt it with its target audience.
Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a junior writer at an L.A.-based greeting-card company and an ’80s-mope-rock obsessive who believes he has found his soulmate in the new executive assistant, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), who shares his passion for the Smiths. The movie ping-pongs through the months of their relationship, from the giddy highs of newfound love to the oceanic lows of the breakup.
It’s all whimsically enjoyable, but also vaguely annoying and precious. From their dialogue to their musical sensibilities, the characters seem to reflect more of the filmmakers’ tastes than someone their age in 2009. But, as a summer fantasy, audiences could do worse than “(500) Days of Summer.” It’s certainly a nice showcase for Deschanel’s wide-eyed charm.