Picks and Pans Review: (500) Days of Summer

UPDATED 07/27/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/27/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel | PG-13 |

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ROMANTIC COMEDY
Here's the hipster romance for the summer. (500) Days breezily chronicles the beginning, middle and end of the love affair between a twentysomething greeting-card writer (Gordon-Levitt, wonderfully soulful) and a secretary (Deschanel, beguiling as always) for whom he falls hard. The movie warns us up front that boy will eventually lose girl, so the real suspense is in how that will happen and whether he will cope. As Days whisks back and forth in time, checking in on the duo's romance at various stages, this playful film manages to be both charming and clever, though occasionally it strains a mite hard in its attempts to be fresh and with it.

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