(500) Days of Summer (2009, USA) C-95m. SCOPE ** D: Marc Webb. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler. Bitter-sweet romantic drama about two twens who meet on the job and start a brief fling. For him, it's true love, for her it's not, and film chronicles the 500 days of their relationship. Quite refreshing approach, but ultimately downbeat, Deschanel's cuteness can't save it. The tacked-on happy ending doesn't ring true, although it is kind of funny.

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