This Marc Webb-directed film turns the romantic comedy genre on its head. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Tom Hansen, a hopeless dreamer so convinced of destined love that he falls head over heels with the titular Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) despite the fact that she explicitly warns him sheâs not interested in a relationship. Structurally inventive in so many indie-slanted ways, Tom and Summerâs story shifts back and forth over the course of their romance, its highs, its lulls, its collapse. The delusions we tell ourselves about love are, it turns out, every bit as dangerous as the emotion. The result of all this is a hilarious rollercoaster ride that feels honest even in its eccentricities (95 min.).
Director: Marc Webb
Writer: Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber
Producer: Mark Waters, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mason Novick and Steven J. Wolfe
Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg, Minka Kelly, Matthew Gray Gubler, Rachel Boston, Geoffrey Arend and Chloe Moritz