In '500 Days of Summer', we see that Tom & Summer are having good time together, until one day they go to see the movie, 'The Graduate'. During the movie we see that Summer cries profusely. After that everything changes. She tells Toms right away that they should stop seeing each other. And after that it is evident that she left the office ended all connections with Tom.

So what exactly happened that day? I have not seen the movie, 'The Graduate'.

  • I haven't seen the film for a while but as I remember her character was very flaky and a little crazy. May 28, 2013 at 9:21
  • I think it's a plot driven motive rather than a character driven motive. The writer clearly needed an excuse for a break up in order to fit to the planned plot and just invented something. May 28, 2013 at 10:17
  • but there must something about the movie - 'The Graduate'. How does that fit in?
    – Incognito
    May 28, 2013 at 17:01
  • 1
    tom was the bridge not the destination...
    – user6681
    Nov 9, 2013 at 23:31

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In the links to the wiki you gave it tries to explain this in the following paragraphs:

During the next few months Summer and Tom grow closer, despite Summer's telling Tom that she does not believe in true love, and does not want a boyfriend.

Shortly followed by:

On day 290, Summer and Tom end their relationship after they see The Graduate, a film which Tom thinks shows true love

Flipping over to the wiki for the graduate shows that this potentially ties in, though it is hard to take a quote which shows 'true love' I think this bit sums it up best:

With some hesitation, Elaine returns a cry of "Ben!" and rushes toward Benjamin. A brawl breaks out as everyone tries to stop her and Benjamin from leaving. Elaine manages to break free from her mother, who claims "It's too late!", to which Elaine replies, "Not for me!" Benjamin and Elaine escape the chapel by barring the chapel's double doors with a wooden cross, trapping the attendees inside

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