The 13 worst movie break-ups just in time for Valentine's Day
'(500) Days of Summer' (2009)
Who's Breaking Up: Summer (Zooey Deschanel) and Tom (Josh Gordon-Levitt)
Why are they breaking up: Who knows? Summer is a riddle wrapped in an enigma. And a little mean, honestly.
Why it's memorable: Not only is this a witty, creative film an excellent exercise in nonlinear filmmaking, its ability to capture the nuances of love without falling prey to sappy cliche (or at least by upending them, as with Gordon-Levitt's dance number with animated Disney-esque creatures) made this the must-see indie of 2009. Why does Summer dump Tom? Who knows -- and the decision not to spell it out for us was not only brave, but more like real life.
- Liane Bonin Starr