Trivia / (500) Days of Summer

  • Actor Allusion: Joseph Gordon Levitt previously hit it off with a girl called Autumn on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Both times his character is named Tom (or Tommy).
  • Career Resurrection: Provided one for Joseph Gordon Levitt. After 3rd Rock from the Sun had ended, he slowly disappeared from acting and eventually took a hiatus. He returned to acting with a few other roles, but this put him back on the map.
  • Cowboy Be Bop At His Computer: Both Feminist Frequency and this Cracked article listed Summer as a straight example of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, ignoring that the film subverts and outright challenges the trope. Word of God was that the intention was to deconstruct this naive idea of women.
  • Playing with Character Type: Zooey Deschanel is often known for playing the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She does here - and deconstructs the whole relationship with one.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Summer was originally envisioned as a blonde to have a more obvious 'summer like' persona.
    • The studio never intended to include the love documentary in the film - even telling Marc Webb not to film it. This changed when test audiences reacted positively to it. The documentary also originally ran longer - with opinions from Rachel, Summer, Millie and Tom's mother.
    • The first draft had the film set in San Francisco, rather than Los Angeles.
  • Write Who You Know: The story is inspired by a real romance co-writer Scott Neustadter had. When he showed the script to the woman who inspired the character of Summer, she said she identified more with Tom.