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(500) Days of Summer Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

(2) hours of hipster (un)love Read full review

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  • 4.0
    76

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a feat of star acting, and it helps make (500) Days not just bitter or sweet but everything in between.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    An exhaustive and exhausting dissection of a relationship that was never all that promising in the first place.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The writing is often clever and the overall production playful and intelligent.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Much like Annie Hall did for a previous generation, (500) Days of Summer may be the movie that best captures a contemporary romantic sensibility.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Smart, fresh romcom is best for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the content in this smart romantic dramedy is age-appropriate for teens and up, but its thoughtful exploration of relationships may speak more to those in college and older. It has a sweet-yet-realistic view of relationships that's refreshing given the usual formulaic dreck in this genre. Do expect some frank talk about sex (as well as some kissing and an implied shower sex scene), drinking (sometimes to excess), and swearing (including one "f--k").

  • Families can talk about relationships. What makes them work or fail? How does the movie handle this topic? What makes Tom and Summer's relationship more realistic than other movie pairings?

  • Do Tom's career issues also seem realistic? Is his struggle typical of college grads these days? Why does he continue to write greeting cards when that's not his calling?

  • How does the movie portray sex and drinking? What role do they play in the story and the characters' lives?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Love doesn't conquer all in this romantic dramedy, but no matter how complicated or troublesome, it's portrayed as being absolutely necessary. It has the power to change and serves a source of wisdom. The movie also realistically shows that love alone isn't necessarily enough to keep a relationship going -- it's only one of a number of elements that need to exist.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: In a pleasantly surprising role reversal from most romantic movies, the main male character is eager to embrace love in all its prickly splendor, and the woman is unafraid to question its necessity. And both characters are complex, rather than caricatures of their gender.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Loud arguing among couples. Some plate-breaking. A man punches another at a bar.

  • sex false3

    Sex: More talk than action -- there's some kissing and hugging, and one scene shows a couple supposedly trying to have sex in the shower (although all viewers see is rustling behind the shower curtain). There's also some frank discussion among friends about sex, including references to topics like hand jobs and anal sex. A young teenager counsels her older brother on how to navigate relationships.

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly frequent use of words like "bitch," "screw," "skank," and "s--t," plus one instance of "f--k." Other words include "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "ass," etc.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Logos for Twinkies, Tennessee whisky, and AT&T.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking. A few characters (of legal drinking age) get quite drunk at a karaoke bar.

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