Some fans believe that the last conversation that you witness between Tom and Summer on the park bench happened in Tom’s imagination. If that conversation wasn’t real at all, then Summer’s house party on day 408 was actually the last time Tom saw Summer. What do you think about that?
The park bench where they sit is a real spot in Los Angeles called Angel’s Knoll. After the movie was released it became a tourist attraction for fans. Unfortunately, the area is now closed off and you can no longer go there and take pictures.
The film has a blue color scheme, and that was not an accident. The designers and costumers used the color blue in order to bring out Zooey’s bright blue eyes. Go back and watch and you will now notice that she is wearing something blue in every single scene.
In the DVD commentary, one of the screenwriters admits that 75% of the film was based on actual experiences that happened to him. Knowing that the movie is based on real life makes it even more heartbreaking than it already is! Relationships are tough, man.
Tom repeatedly associates the Patrick Swayze song "She's Like the Wind" with Summer. Originally, the song was recorded for Dirty Dancing. In Dirty Dancing, Jennifer Gray is the “She” the song is referencing. Jennifer Gray is married Clark Gregg who is the actor who plays Tom's boss in 500 Days of Summer in 2001. Small world, isn’t it?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has said that his favorite scene to film was the dance number to Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams.” I have to admit that it was mine too. From the cartoon birds chirping along to the full marching band, it is downright adorable.
You will not see a lot of red used in the movie and this was on purpose. As we mentioned before, they used a lot of blue. Blue was also meant to represent love and happiness instead of red. You will only see red twice in the movie. There is a little red origami bird in Summer's apartment, and in the final scene when Tom meets Autumn, she is wearing a red shirt.
When the number of the days in the relationship are shown on the screen, you will see that the coloring and the mood changes depending on the status of the relationship. Good days are brighter and lighter. Bad days are darker in order to set a more serious tone.
Summer winds up breaking it off with Tom on Day 290. She is then married by Day 476. Hmmm, this means that they broke up, she got over it, fell in love, got engaged and then married someone else in just over six months.
Production decided to only feature buildings that were built before 1950. They thought this would help the movie have a more classic look. They also used phone rings from old phones that sounded more classic than digital ringtones.