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(500) Days of Summer

 I admit it: I am a sucker for romantic comedies. It’s just fun to watch beautiful people navigate the zany world of dating, to comedic effect, and end up falling happily in love.  While it is true that most movies in this genre follow the same formula, my favorite romantic comedies are the ones that break the rules. 500 Days of Summer, directed by Marc Webb has all of the ingredients for the standard rom com: charismatic leads, clever banter, and that ever watchable spark of mutual attraction, but it is a post-modern take on the convention. Instead of unfolding linearly, the story comes out in a random order, the way memory works, recalling great moments, and painful ones. Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a greeting card writer who dreams of becoming an architect and falls in love with Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel. It’s a fun exploration of relationships, but if you are waiting for a happily ever after, don’t hold your breath.  As the narrator mentions in the beginning, “This is not a love story. This is a story about love.”...


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