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CineVegas Review: 500 Days of Summer

Very seldom does a romantic comedy come along that is a) funny or b) original. Like another innovative predecessor, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 500 Days of Summer takes the romantic comedy premise and flips it on its head.

Tom and Summer work together at a greeting card company, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the introverted writer and Summer (Zooey Deschanel) is the new girl at the office. With a bit of prodding from his friends, Tom asks Summer out. Like every other rom-com they meet cute, date for awhile and make love, but that is where the similarities of the film and its genre end.

Where a majority of these flicks turn left, 500 Days of Summer darts to the right continuously. Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn't.

In this particular case Tom is the hopeless romantic and Summer has no belief in Valentine's Day trappings. Big fights don't always lead to getting back together. There is no race to catch a loved one at the airport before the last fligh…