(500) Days of Summer

Our first film for Spring will be 500 Days of Summer (2009), directed by Marc Webb.

Welcome to the Spring semester! As we head towards Valentine’s Day we’ve decided to kick off Film Club with something “romantic” (heavy quotes), a movie all about love – its promises and perceptions and sometimes tough realities.

500 Days of Summer is typically classified as a romantic comedy, although in many ways it is a subversion of the genre, focusing on the nuances of a new relationship. The narrative is non-linear, gradually unpacking layers of the story and its shifting emotional tones. While not a traditional rom-com the movie has plenty of romance, comedy, honesty, and even a bit of wisdom.

500 Days was made on a low indie budget of $7.5 mil and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. It garnered a fair amount of critical praise as well as several screenwriting awards, including an Independent Spirit Award.

We will discuss the movie on February 8th at 7:00pm EDT on Slack. 500 Days of Summer is available for streaming on Amazon Prime, Tubi, and Hulu, or it can be rented on Apple TV and Google Play for $3.99. And don’t forget to check out our resources page for interesting reviews, essays and videos!

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