The trailer for the Mark Webb-directed (500) Days Of Summer opens with Zooey Deschanel (as Summer) telling a guy listening to “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” loudly on his earphones that she, too, loves the Smiths. She sings a couple lines to prove it. The thing is, despite the setup, we’re told by a voiceover that “this is not a love story.” So, yeah, the light does go out, and this is when the guy, Tom (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) decides its time to win her back. Before making 500 Days, Webb did a bunch of music videos, and from the aforementioned Smiths thing to Gordon-Levitt’s carefully framed Joy Division Shirt, etc., it’s clear music plays a big part in the flick. We have the full trailer and, fittingly, information on the soundtrack.

Precious, huh? This was the film Zooey was promoting at Sundance a few weeks ago.

The songs:

Regina Spektor – “Us”
The Smiths – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”
Belle & Sebastian – “The Boy With The Arab Strap”
Black Lips – “Bad Kids”
The Smiths – “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want.”
Patrick Swayze – “She’s Like The Wind.”
Jack Penate – “Have I Been a Fool? “
The Doves – “There Goes the Fear”
Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams”
Knight Rider Theme
Temper Trap – “Sweet Disposition”
Carla Bruni – “Quelqu’un M’a Dit”
Black Lips – “Veni, Vidi, Vici”
Paper Route – “The Music”
Feist – “Mushaboom”
Regina Spektor – “Hero”
Spoon – “Infinite Pet”
Simon & Garfunkel – “Bookends”
Wolfmother – “Vagabond”
Mumm-Rah – “She’s Got You High”

Karaoke Selections:
Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood as performed by Zooey Deschanel “Sugar Town”
The Pixies “Here Comes Your Man”

Webb did a song-by-song explanation over at The Playlist. His best comment’s re: “She’s Like The Wind”: “It’s a surprise and no it’s not a musical number.” Damn.

500 Days Of Summer is out 7/24 via Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Comments (73)
  1. This makes me want to kill people.

  2. Someone finally took my idea and put “Us” in a film. Though it looks like an opener and not a climactic song.

    I expect a check in the mail in 6 to 8 weeks.

  3. i was all ready to not like this but the trailer looks great actually! esp. the ‘anal girl’ line.

    • coolio  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2009 0

      HAHAH! yeah!! the ‘anal’ joke looks SOOOO funny! im totally gonna use that one in REAL life. I hope there’s more asshole jokes in the movie! like a joke about the asshole that made it. Or a joke about third rock from the sun!

  4. No hot girls ever talk to me in elevators while I’m listening to the Smiths. And I would to propose a moratorium on using Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams” during the gushy parts of romantic comedy trailers. Get a new song.

  5. che  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    that looks like its gonna be awesomely amazing. probably the best movie ever made by anybody.

  6. alex  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    “The Infinite Pet” is probably better than the movie.

  7. what an adorable, sensitive, hunk! and she has the cutest bangs!

    it probably won’t be nearly as good as the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Anniston Breakup movie.

  8. WBradley  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    This soundtrack is amazing. When you have Black Lips, Carla Bruni and SImon & Garfunkel in one movie. It is bound to be good. Oh, and Zooey is wicked hot.

    • Really? Don’t you kind of feel like the soundtrack is kinda trying too hard to be indie? Like it wants to be the new Juno soundtrack that everybody’s mom is gonna buy?

  9. Emma  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    Wow! I can’t believe Temper Trap have a song on such a big movies soundtrack! I remember when I saw them play at a tiny festival in Sydney a few years back and they hung out with the audience after, they were virtually unknown then.

  10. Blaaaaarg  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    Fuck I feel like such a targeted demographic.

    If Zooey singing the Smiths was on a commercial for dog feces I would go down to the store tomorrow morning and buy some to put on my cereal.

  11. Justin  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    This looks fucking insufferable. It’s just another shitty indie movie filled with painfully-obvious name dropping and the whole Manic Pixie Dream Girl thing that the Onion talks about.

    Being an aspiring writer, I’ve been in plenty of creating writing classes and I’ve realized the horrible reason for these movies: relationships make everyone even. Even perfectly good screenwriters, who are probably very intelligent in other aspects, can’t write about relationships because their opinions on the subject are no more advanced than Carrie Bradshaw. When it comes to relationships, everyone is egomaniacal, petty, and shallow, whether you drown your sorrows in Mozart, Joy Division, or Fergie.

    These writers want a cute girl who likes the same things as them and who is outgoing and perky, which really only translate to: “Will go out of their way to talk to me, because, I would never have the guts to start up the conversation if they didn’t.” There’s also the whole “I want a girl whose unique and interesting (which, again, really only translates to: she likes the same things that I do), as long as she is also very attractive, because if she’s not, then what’s the point?” That’s pretty much it and that’s why we seem to have 300 Garden States a year. It’s because every young indie screenwriter has the exact same view of what a perfect girl and a perfect relationship is and its no more deep or complex than the writers of He’s Just Not That Into You.

    • dan  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

      You are an aspiring write? Go figure.. aspire harder.

    • OK so you are absolutely right. Spot on analysis of the shy writer type looking for a girl to rescue them from their own shyness and be beautiful/unique/outgoing etc etc. Makes you sick right?

      Unfortunately every once in a long long while it actually happens. It’s just happened to me. Also unfortunately it almost never works. So I could bear this movie if Summer breezily flits off and leaves the dude crying all into his moleskine making the ink run.

    • eric  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2009 0

      Hmm. Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

  12. the movies has a brilliant soundtrack and Zooey Deschanel so is worth watching it

  13. mark  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    if that trailer were just slightly less painful, i’d be really excited about this.

    also, in response to the above comment, i’m not sure if emotional depth and romantic insight are what anybody is looking for in a movie like this…

  14. This movie looks a lot better now than it did in the first trailer. I might actually see it.

  15. massromantic  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    enough already. what’s with all these movies that are just trying way too hard to be “indie” & hip? how many have we had lately? ["nick & norah's infinite playlist"... i'm looking at you]

    “garden state” was great. we don’t need 352 copies of it though.

    also, i’d really rather not have aspiring trendsters start swarming the stores looking for smiths albums because the girl in the movie thought they were pretty cool. that happened with the shins. and really, it’s just not the same as actually discovering the music and falling in love with it. liking it cuz it’s cool to like it just hurts.

    hollywood, go back to pandering to the masses with slapstick and overproduced action movies. stop trying too hard to cater to a demographic that can see right through you.

    • if by “garden state” you mean a well-crafted, well-acted, unconventional film with an awesome soundtrack then I’ll take as many “copies” as I can get.

      • massromantic  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 0

        oh i loved “garden state”. i just wish people would be more original and come up with their own ideas haha.

    • glassy  |   Posted on Mar 6th, 2009 0

      Who are the Smiths? Are they gonna change my life?

  16. Alison  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    this film could potentially be terrible, great, or the next Juno, which of course transcends the “terrible” category.

  17. the bad taste that nick and norah left in my mouth makes me preemptively biased against this, probably unfairly, but my opinion still stands that (a) movies like this cant work and (b) id like be with Zooey Deschanel

  18. Alison  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    oh, god. i change my mind. i just saw wolfmother on the goddamn soundtrack.

    the movies equation

    Juno^4/Joseph Gordon Levitt’s performance in Brick(Nick and Norah)

  19. Shane  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    Joseph Gordon Levitt is fucking talented, I don’t understand how that is being missed here. Unlike all these other indie-drama movies, the leads are actually able to pull off a range of styles. It’s gonna be good.

    Or maybe I’m just crushing the fuck out of JGL. Seriously, Brick? Mysterious Skin? 3rd Rock? C’mon.

  20. the smiths make an appearance. automatic A.

  21. Wow, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to watch that.

  22. Mark  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    I’ll see this with my girlfriend, (because she has a huge crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt and I have a huge crush on Zooey Deschanel and Morrissey) and it will be enjoyable. But probably forgettable. I’m okay with that, I think.

  23. Grand  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    Regardless of whether this movie will be good or not, I still want to keep Zoey in my pocket when she sings like that.

  24. ben  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    Woody Allen has made by my count several movies about relationships. Seems to be pretty good at it. Annie Hall is probably the definition of Manic Pixie Dream Girl, I still love watching it.

    It doesn’t look like my kind of movie, but who am I to say it’s going to be insufferable. It actually looks watchable.

    • Annie Hall is not the definition of Manic Pixie Dreamgirl–or, if it is, it’s a realistic take on it, rather than the fantasy one we get in Garden State, Elizabethtown, etc. Annie isn’t an intellectual and doesn’t like the things Alvy likes–she just goes along with it for him. She’s actually kind of a ditz. The film is about a real relationship where people act like real people. They’re both assholes to each other and they’re both wonderful to each other, and in the end, we see why they broke up and also why they loved each other. Annie’s beautiful, but she’s also deeply flawed, as is Alvy, and Allen shows all of that.

      Put it like this: Garden State and Elizabethtown are for guys who got dumped (or, worse, can’t get a girl) and want to know there’s some perfect girl out there for him (there’s not), while Annie Hall examines what REALLY happens when you get that girl. Definitely the best movie about relationships that I’ve ever seen.

  25. i want to ride on a bus with a bunch of zooeys.
    and with a shitload of m. wards too.

  26. why, black lips? why?

    • matt  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

      are you talking to the band or to whoever put together the soundtrack? If it’s the former, I would assume the answer would have something to do with the fact that ‘bad kids’ is a rad song, that obviously fits into the soundtrack in some way. If it’s the latter, I would wager to guess that the band made a few bucks and got some exposure.

      Hope that helps.

  27. EnchantingWizardofRhythm  |   Posted on Mar 4th, 2009 0

    I hate to be the one to say this cause of my ‘name’ but I heard black tambourine from beck in the trailer and it ain’t on the tracklist

  28. I love that they are running through the Ikea show rooms. How has that not been in a movie yet?

  29. this will probably be the best thing she’s done in 2 or 3 years.

  30. matt ward  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 0

    Zooey Deschanel is gaaaaaaaaaay.



  31. there you have it, ben folds and matt ward agree.

  32. here’s a question i have:

    is it just zoe, or is it zoo-e like a zoo with animals and then you say the letter e afterwards?

  33. Yarr  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 0

    help me out cos this is killing me-
    what is the song that kicks in at 1.20
    and what spoof-trailer is it in?

  34. Mr. Soul  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 0


  35. Punky's Dilemma  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 0


  36. The soundtrack is great, but ….guys, Carla Bruni???? WHY???? She makes me want to vomit everytime.

  37. Yarr  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 0

    Got it! The song was used in the fake Jack Black movie in the superbowl episode of The Office!

  38. #1  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 0

    i’ll see joseph gordon-levitt in anything because of brick. and i’m a straight dude.

  39. Is that who I think it is in this trailer?

    “The snozberries taste like snozberries!”

  40. RobotWolf  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 0

    Gawd I want to be on that bus soooo bad my bowner hurtz

  41. Eric  |   Posted on Mar 5th, 2009 0

    Oh, I love Garden State!

  42. erin  |   Posted on Mar 6th, 2009 0

    this is how history will remember the 2000s (and this movie)… just like the john hughes movies of the 80s- same themes, same characters, but highly adored by pop culture/young people who’s life it is to reflect. Garden State, Juno, Nick and Norah (which all can agree was a sham), and this movie, which will be the St. Elmo’s Fire of the genre… older, better acted, more dramatic… will all feel like “one of those” movies from the 2000s. And future pop-cultured kids will look to these movies and create their own M83, Saturday = Youth albums about guys who yearn for the pixie girl, relationships that have their own indie soundtracks, and how being clever and cute wins the day. With all that said… john hughes movies and these movies are fantastic! and should be respected for their place in popular culture and therefore, our lives.

  43. BugsMeany  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2009 0

    I supposedly like Zooey Deschanel, but I can’t watch any of these movies she makes with all these bed-wetting indie d-bag actors (Aaron Stanford, Lou Taylor Pucci, Paul Dano–THE WORST–and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Look at her filmography: nothing good since the very UN-indie “Bridge to Terabithia” in 2007.

  44. I feel slightly embarrassed about how excited i am for this movie. does this make me a woman?

  45. Ben Gibbard  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2009 0

    I go home to that.

  46. huh?  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2009 0

    “The” Doves? Ugh.

  47. Yeah  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2009 0

    Oh man, we are just ALL sheep for liking anything that reminds us of anything else. It just tears me up inside that indie culture is popular. Woe is every hipster. I for one will purposely NOT enjoy this movie because it will make me unoriginal.

  48. abe  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2009 0

    After seeing the way the director Marc Webb out-classed The Playlist by providing an song-by-song commentary of the soundtrack that was just snarky enough to put them in their place, I can’t not go see this movie.

  49. marie  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2009 0

    i sortof hate myself now. the beginning scene is similar to how i met my ex-boyfriend. switch the elevator to the subway and the smiths to the kills.

    my life is a fcuking cliche.

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