Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend
Plot: An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
The film's blue-centric color scheme was done to bring out Zooey Deschanel's eyes.
According to the DVD commentary, one of the film's writers estimates that 75% of the film actually happened to him.
In the original screenplay, Summer was depicted as having cropped blonde hair to construct a more summer-like persona.
This was the feature film debut of director Marc Webb, who mainly directed music videos. He would later go on to direct the Amazing-Spiderman films starring Andrew Garfield.
The Adult film that Tom and Summer rent called "Sweet and Shower" is a fictional film and does not actually exist.
Red is intentionally not used in this film, and the color blue is often conveyed to represent love or happiness (Tom dancing down the street after Summer first stays, etc.). The color red does make an appearance, in Summer's apartment where a little red origami bird can be seen. It makes a final appearance at the end when Tom meets Autumn, and the color of her blouse is red.
The narrator states that Tom meets Summer on January 8th. Since it is 500 days, Tom lets go of Summer (and meets Autumn) on May 23rd of the next year.
Summer breaks it off with Tom on Day 290 and is married by day 476, which is a 186-day difference. Roughly estimating, Summer got married a little over six months after breaking up with Tom.
Co-writer of the film Scott Neustadter admitted the film was based on a real romance. Neustadter explains that when he met the real girl who inspired the character Summer as a student at the London School of Economics in 2002, he was rebounding from a bad breakup back home, and promptly fell "crazily, madly, hopelessly in love" with the girl who "returned his kisses but not his ardor." The ending of the relationship was "painfully and unforgettably awful," which prompted him to co-write the film with Michael H. Weber. When Neustadter later showed the script to Summer's real life counterpart, she said she related more to the Tom character.
Tom is seen reading Alain de Botton's The Architecture of Happiness.
Marc Webb created a music video as a companion piece to the film, titled "The Bank Heist". It features Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt dancing to "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?"
Many critics lauded the film as one of the best from 2009 and drew comparisons to other acclaimed films such as Annie Hall (1977) and High Fidelity (2000).