Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, in '(500) Days of Summer'

Dir. Marc Webb
(2009, PG-13, 95 min)
★ ★ ★ ★

There comes a moment in some movies after which it can do no wrong. In (500) Days of Summer, it’s a split-screen sequence that contrasts romantic hero Tom Hansen’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) heightened expectations for a party with the disappointing reality. It’s whimsical in its construction, but so sad in its effect. Like the rest of the film, it’s subjective about the nature of love, showing us not how it functions in reality but how it works on the mind and emotions, is filtered through our memories, and comes out a heightened version of itself … Read the rest of my review at