500 Days of Summer is a film that is equal parts comedy and drama. It was released in 2009. The 500 days in the title refers to the length of the romantic relationship of the two leads, Tom and Summer, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. The film jumps around from day to day telling the story of their relationship. It does not proceed in a linear fashion.
Tom and Summer first meet when she is the assistant to his boss. He instantly has a crush on her but she tells him that she does not believe in love or romance and does not want a relationship. Tom still ends up pursuing Summer and they begin dating. He becomes jealous when another man flirts with her. Summer and Tom go to see the movie The Graduate which scares Summer off and she initiates a breakup with Tom. Tom is depressed and his friends reach out to his sister to try and get her to help.
A few months pass and Summer and Tom see each at the wedding of a co-worker. They end up dancing together and having a good time. Summer then invites Tom to a party at her house. He goes, hoping that this is the beginning of reconciliation. While at the party, he finds out that Summer is engaged to someone else. Tom is devastated. He returns home and spirals into a deep depression, drinking a lot of alcohol. Tom can no longer continue at his job and he decides to quit. He makes the decision to focus on working as an architect full-time.
Tom then runs into Summer at one of their old meeting spots. She tells him she was wrong to not believe in love and relationships. She also says she has found true love with someone else. Tom is, of course, really hurt but Summer tries to console him. She tells him she is happy to see that he is happy. Tom then heads to a job interview where he meets a girl also applying for a job. He and girl talk and they begin to hit it off. Tom decides to ask the girl on a date and she accepts. When he asks her what her name is, she replies it's Autumn. The movie ends on a positive note.