Indie star Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Tom, a SWPL schmuck- schmuck is too harsh of a word but it’s the closest I can come up with- in thrall to a magnetic nerd-goddess, Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel. The droll narration relates the history of her strange power over men. The film relates, in non-chronological order, the mostly unrequited love he experiences for her.
Tom is smart enough to know what’s going on, but he can’t help himself. But why should he be able to? Summer is his dream girl, she is not everybody’s, but a lot of guys’ dream girl. Typical advice in this situation is “dump the bitch.” It’s called “one-itis.” The victim is sternly advised to forget her, sack up and move on.
And fat people are told to eat less all the time, with about the same results. A little self-awareness is about the best most can do.
I’ve loved a few things in my time that haven’t loved me back- the Marines, aviation, Southern California- and yeah it hurts. But if you only loved things that loved you back, you wouldn’t love much. Just know the score and accept it.
Summer kills Toms’ hope in the only way really possible, and he finds the only real cure. For better or (and?) worse, there were only 500 days of Summer.