I have mixed feelings about this movie, so it'll be a mixed review. I'd heard lots of good things about it, so I went in with fairly high expectations. I liked it okay, but was a bit underwhelmed. And I found myself cynically rolling my eyes a fair bit.
I love music pop culture references in movies. I liked Garden State a lot, and loved the little references to The Shins in that movie. But that was several years ago, so now when I saw the characters in 500 Days name-dropping The Smiths, it felt a bit, 'yeah, yeah, you are very hip and indie and we like you so much because of how cool and interesting you are'.
Come to think of it, I felt a bit like this with Juno as well. I think the whole cool indie thing has become a bit trite and lame.
Also, the character of Summer. Grr. She annoyed me a lot. I actually hadn't seen Zooey Deschanel in anything else, but I wanted to like her because I knew she was named after a J.D. Salinger character, which frankly, is pretty awesome. But she kinda grated on me- both the actress and the character. I found the character pretty unlikable.
The bloke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was pretty good. I thought he did an okay job, and portrayed the heart-broken earnest young fella fairly accurately.
I dunno. I'll give it another watch, and maybe it'll grow on me a bit. But for the moment, I'm a bit wishy-washy about this one. 3/5