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Parents' Guide to

(500) Days of Summer

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Smart, fresh romcom is best for older teens.

Movie PG-13 2009 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 15+

not for kids

NOT FOR KIDS. Sexual themes are pretty strong (they watch a porn film and have sex in the shower though they don't show them doing it) Also, they yell out "PENIS!" or something like that very loudly in a park. Also some vulgar language. For over 15 year olds I think

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 14+

17 and older movie

Did not feel comfortable watching this with my 15 year old. This is certainly not a movie that portrays how I would want her to act and the sex and talk is why too loose.

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (51 ):

For those who feel that the romantic comedy genre is irrevocably broken and that nothing original will ever surface: Dump the cynicism. (500) Days of Summer is the kind of movie that will make believers have faith again -- both in Hollywood and in love. Director Marc Webb's glee in making the film is apparent; he approaches storytelling loosely, letting the movie breathe. He plays with time and memories, much as the mind does when recalling the moments that make or break relationships. The stellar soundtrack only heightens the pleasure.

And the plot: It follows some typical conventions, but only just. Rather than simply recounting how boy meets girl and following along for the roller-coaster ride that follows (as does nearly every film in this genre), it attempts to answer a very complicated question that we've all asked at some juncture in our romantic histories: What's the point of falling deeply, madly in love with someone who may not be "the one"? The movie's stars are up to the challenge of tackling this heartfelt question (though the supporting cast could have used some shuffling): Deschanel is perfect as Summer -- elusive but earthy, substantive, vulnerable, compelling. In short, the kind of girl to confound. And Gordon-Levitt: All hail the generous-hearted, deep-thinking, cute guy. Finally, he's here.

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