By Adam B. Vary
Updated July 13, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

500 Days of Summer

  • Movie

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel
Directed by: Marc Webb
Release date: July 17

Chemistry is probably the make-or-break element of any movie romance, but it wasn’t ever an issue for Gordon-Levitt (Stop-Loss) and Deschanel (Yes Man). ”I adore Zooey,” beams Gordon-Levitt. ”She’s the most beautiful girl making art right now.” Echoes Deschanel: ”He brings out the best in me. I just kinda wanna do, like, every other movie with him. We kept going, ‘Let’s become the next Tracy and Hepburn!”’ She pauses. ”I mean, these are lofty goals.” Even more lofty is the filmmakers’ hope of reviving the romantic-comedy genre — employing split screens, animated title cards, a postcoital dance sequence, and a time-twisting story line that hops non-chronologically through a relationship between a greeting-card writer (Gordon-Levitt) and his girlfriend (Deschanel). ”It’s what it’s actually like to remember something like this,” explains Gordon-Levitt. ”You remember the day you met, but then that reminds you of some other great date, and that reminds you of the first time you had sex. We’re betting the audience has probably felt some of this before, and knows that it’s no simple matter, love.”

Episode Recaps

500 Days of Summer

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 95 minutes
  • Marc Webb