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Byline: ROBERT NOTT I THE NEW MEXICAN New Mexico Abbr. NM or N.M. or N.Mex.

A state of the southwest United States on the Mexican border. It was admitted as the 47th state in 1912.

Suddenly lost Summer

Robert Nott I The New Mexican

(500) Days of Summer, boy-loses-girl tale, Regal DeVargas, 988-2775, 2 chiles Chiles is a surname, and may refer to:
  • Adrian Chiles, British TV and radio presenter
  • Eddie Chiles, American businessman
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An ex-lover -- a woman I lived with in Athens, Greece, about 25 years ago -- swung through town recently, and we reflected on

the divergent paths our lives had taken. We shared some humorous

anecdotes, put a positive spin on everything bad that ever happened between us, and joked about how our lives would have been so different had we kept on going as a couple.

But right from the start of our relationship, she had made

it clear to me that she wasn't going to be "the one." She was

set on becoming a wife and mother, and I was going to stay single (didn't happen), move to Australia (didn't happen),

and never have children (I stuck to that vow). We realized,

in retrospect, that the best thing we did was to prepare each other for the real "one."

(500) Days of Summer is a love story about finding and losing "the one." As directed by Marc Webb Marc Webb is a music video director signed to DNA in Hollywood, California and Academy Productions Ltd (UK). Before signing with DNA he ran Naked, his own company.  with a script by Michael H.

Weber and Scott Neustadter, it takes the familiar story of "boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back" and cuts that last part out. Here the boy -- nicely played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt (born February 17, 1981) is an American actor.

Gordon-Levitt began as a child actor, becoming known for his role on the series 3rd Rock from the Sun,[1]
 in a style that reminds you of a young Timothy Hutton Timothy T. Hutton[1] (born August 16, 1960) is an American Academy Award-winning actor — the youngest ever to win the award for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 20.  -- falls head over heels for a young lady -- well played by Zooey Deschanel Zooey Claire Deschanel (born January 17, 1980) is an American actress. Biography
Early life
Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, and brought up in various international locations because of her father's work.
 in the manner of a young Meg Ryan -- who might

be best described as quirky quirk  
1. A peculiarity of behavior; an idiosyncrasy: "Every man had his own quirks and twists" Harriet Beecher Stowe.


And who doesn't like quirky characters in romantic comedies? Why, what with a goofy Goofy

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 sidekick The first popular popup program for DOS PCs, introduced by Borland in 1984. Sidekick included a calculator, notepad, calendar, phone dialer and ASCII table and popularized the concept of a terminate and stay resident (TSR) utility.  with the name of McKenzie (Geoffrey Arend), an all-knowing kid sister, and surreal dream scenes involving comic mayhem and music, (500) Days seems determined to win the hearts of the crowd that took to Juno and Away We Go.

Yet aside from the two lead performances, it's a mostly banal recounting of a relationship that was never designed to last in the first place. Summer (Deschanel) is our free-spirited title character, while Tom (Gordon-Levitt) is a lonely, sexually frustrated frus·trate  
tr.v. frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing, frus·trates
a. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart:
 greeting-card writer who is desperate to be in love. He just doesn't get it; Summer's smile doesn't say forever. It says, "Let's have a few laughs while it lasts."

Unusual jumps in chronology make the picture of some interest. We see the end of the story right away, as Tom reels in despair from Summer's final goodbye. Then the picture jumps back and forth, from Day 1 to Day 282, from Day 34 back to Day 3. Day 33 is a good one, Day 333 is not, and so on. As if they were aware the film has no real pulse, the filmmakers stress novelty. Out of nowhere, they surprise us with a bouncy bit of musical business in which Tom, flush with postcoital delight, launches into an impromptu dance, which in turn inspires a music video around him. It's a fun bit, but as with a surreal scene in which Tom becomes the character in a foreign film, it doesn't comfortably fit.

Likewise, there's Tom's perky perk·y  
adj. perk·i·er, perk·i·est
1. Having a buoyant or self-confident air; briskly cheerful.

2. Jaunty; sprightly.

, adolescent kid sister, Rachel (Chloe Moretz), who not only has lots of boyfriends but also talks Tom out of his depression-driven rage, gives him advice on how to woo a girl, and openly discusses premenstrual syndrome premenstrual syndrome (PMS), any of various symptoms experienced by women of childbearing age in the days immediately preceding menstruation. It is most common in women in their twenties and thirties. . If 13-year-old girls really do this sort of thing with their much older brothers, there's something very wrong with the world. She's got "character who needs to be run over by a steamroller" written all over her.

(500) Days is a movie with a lot of cute stuff in it: Summer convinces Tom to repeatedly scream the word penis in public; he draws the city's skyline on her arm; and so on. This is all too bad, really, because the film is at its best when it focuses on the troubles of maintaining a relationship when both parties have different wants and needs. It has some great moments that reflect the quiet reality inherent in knowing things aren't working, as when Summer and Tom talk about the things they don't like about each other.

The picture does a very nice job of capturing the thrill of that first near kiss and the sensuality of that first touch, but it doesn't quite break your heart as you watch Summer pull herself away from the relationship right in front of Tom's eyes. As a whole, (500) Days remains disjointed, like pieces of various puzzles that just don't make a whole. The movie does suggest that both Summer and Tom will eventually find "the one." That's fine by me, but let's hope they don't turn those stories into sequels. <
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Date:Aug 14, 2009
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