I'm not sure what I was expecting from (500) Days of Summer, but whatever expectations I had were shattered. Does that make sense? Anyway, the narrator at the beginning lays it right out, "This is a story of boy meets girl. But you should know up front, this is not a love story." But it is a story about love. It's, perhaps, a little too precious at times (like Tom's young sister Rachel) but overall quite a real movie, artfully filmed.
Oh, it was weird to me that it was set in Los Angeles. Not that it would be in LA, but the LA of the movie felt a lot more like New York-lite or Boston or something. The words "LA" were first spoken outloud half-way through the movie, as I remember, and I actually did a double-take.
FuzzyCo grade: A