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(500) Days of Summer

Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) believes there is one right person out there for everyone. Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) on the other hand, doesn't believe in love at all. When the two meet and Tom falls in love, he tries to convince Summer she is the woman for him. Thus begins a 500-day season of "She loves me, she loves me not." Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: B
Sexual Content: C
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 95
Theater Release: 17 Jul 2009
Video Release: 22 Dec 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Do you think the male protagonist in this film accurately depicts how other men may feel? How does this movie “turn the tables” on the male/female relationships often portrayed in movies? In other films where men are heartbroken, how do they usually react?

Who do you empathize with—Tom or Summer? How may your own experiences and/or gender alter your perceptions of this movie? Do you enjoy films with ambiguous messages that leave individual audiences members with differing points of view?

What techniques does the film employ to contrast the characters’ expectations with reality? In what ways does this idea reflect the theme of the script? Why can the gap between expectations and reality be so difficult to bridge?

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