The protagonists in the movie mention that they are from Shinnecock, Michigan and Margate, New Jersey. These are fictional places you won’t find anywhere on a map. If you don’t believe me, just Google it. (Good luck!)
The production team wanted to make 500 Days Of Summer feel like an old Hollywood movie. They did so by only showing buildings that were built before 1950 in the movie. Also, all the ringtones used had the classic ring sound.
Originally, Summer was set to have cropped blonde hair to allude to effortless summer days. Summer, however, turned out to have the haircut every girl has in primary school. Luckily, Zooey Deschanel can rock this haircut like no other.
Scott Neustadter, one of the screenwriters admits that the film is heavily based on his own experiences. This news has the potential to make the movie feel even sadder. Then again, how shocking is it really that a writer wrote a story based on his own failed relationships?
The park bench where the two sit is really found in Los Angeles in a spot known as Angel’s Knoll. The bench became a huge tourist attraction for the diehard fans who were obsessed with this movie. Someone must have gotten annoyed with all these people taking pictures of a bench because now the area has been closed off to the public.
Tom’s spit-take when he is in the office was filmed several times and in different degrees, according to the commentary. There was small, medium and large. Despite filming being over, there are still long debates over which spit-take was the funniest.
This movie was a poignant story of unrequited love and it seems that even the music foreshadowed Tom and Summer’s breakup. The soundtrack of this movie is mostly made up of bands who broke up like Simon & Garfunkel. This was an intentional move to allude to the protagonists’ failed relationship.
The dance number makes 500 Days Of Summer feel even more classic — a movie that alludes to old film where people broke out into song like it’s nothing. Turns out, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was 100 percent on board with the whole scene. In fact, it was his favorite scene to film.
Underneath that heavy fringe, Zooey Deschanel hides a pair of bright blue eyes. From costume designers to the production team, everyone worked to emphasize the actress’s blue eyes. If you feel like watching the movie for the 10,000th time, you will notice how Summer wears a lot of blue and the picture in itself has a tinge of blue.
The use of voice-overs in the movie distinguish 500 Days Of Summer from other relationship movies that use voice-overs poorly. What’s interesting is that the voice-overs were all recorded on the first day of the movie’s production. Whenever a voice-over is played, there is a break from Tom’s point of view of the relationship.
There must be something in the name. In this movie, it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s third time playing a character named Tom. Gordon-Levitt famously played Tommy Solomon on the comedy series 3rd Rock From The Sun when he was still a kid. He also played Tommy Burgess in Stop-Loss.
Tom and Summer’s relationship had its good and bad days. These moods and the state of their relationship was reflected onscreen through the colors chosen. Bright and light days were the good ones and bad days were darker.
Diehard fans have theories about the last time Tom gets to talk to Summer. The movie shows them talking together on the park bench for one last time. Some fans believe this scene is only a fiction of Tom’s imagination and the real last conversation he had with Summer was at her house party.
Damn, now that is some next level sadness.
19. How Long Does It Take For A Girl To Get Over A Guy?
Summer ends her relationship with Tom on day 290 and she marries someone else by day 476. This means it only took the girl around six months to get over Tom, fall in love, get engaged and get married. No wonder Tom sat talking to himself on a bench.