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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

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Little Michael Cera’s looking for love in the Big Apple

Zack and Miri make porn. Nick and Norah - younger, more indie - make sweet music. It’s a cutesy, Superbad-eyed view of being a late teen, where falling for someone before legal drinking age is merely awkward, VD a giggle rather than a scratch.

Aiming for the heart more than laughs, Peter Sollett’s Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist plays a decent, if predictable tune - far more MOR than its cutting edge soundtrack would suggest.

That playlist then, so good they hark about it in the title. Vampire Weekend and Band Of Horses, to name but two, pump from the film’s stereo as Nick (Michael Cera) and Norah (Kat Dennings) embark on a night-long New York search to find a secret gig. They’re meant to be, but first Nick needs closure over his bitch ex Tris (Alexis Dziena).

The leads are flawless. Cera may always play the same rabbit in the headlights, but it’s a role uniquely his own. Dennings meanwhile is cool and courteous. They’re a lovely couple, destined to win MTV’s Best Kiss award.

But Nick & Norah’s is too flimsy, too plodding to wholly resonate. With so many NME-pleasing tunes to cram in, the pacing often feels like an album with moving-picture accompaniment, grossout toilet scenes and tranny discos filler messing with the naturalism of the leads’ blossoming love.

Sollett - who directed the similarly themed Raising Victor Vargas - knows how to ride a rite of passage. It’s just this time he relies on his stars and soundtrack, not story, for propulsion. Lucky they’re both cranked up to 11.

Jonathan Dean

Verdict:

Nick & Norah’s tries to be the date movie for kids in skinny jeans and Cons. Thing is, it’s too safe for their cynicism and while Cera and Dennings are pitch-perfect, even at 90 minutes it feels like a stretch.

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    • James12

      Feb 6th 2009, 15:21

      4

      the ending does kind of drag, but the character Caroline I think holds the film together, very funny!

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    • Nealsreviews1

      Feb 8th 2009, 2:32

      3

      Directed by Peter Sollett who did Raising Victor Vargas does a decent film adaptation of the novel by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. It all starts out very innocent when Nick asks Norah to pretend on being his girlfriend momentarily to avoid his ex-girlfriend who's just walked in to his band's show. Then magically with one kiss Nick & Norah are off on an adventure roaming New York City, smack in the middle of the anxiety, happiness, & confusion of a first date. They get into all sorts of mishaps & run into all different sorts of characters. It's a lighthearted funny film with Michael Cera (SuperBad) & Kat Dennings (The 40 Year- Old Virgin) playing Nick & Norah they don't fall short of a comedic performance this movie will have you laughing. The only downfall it's a pushed pretentiousness we have seen in films before Nick & Norah pretending to like each other to mask broken heart when clearly they do. One date over one very long night with two teenagers trying to recover from a broken heart with a light nature trying to figure out who they want to be & where the next good time is. NealDamiano Film Journalist

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    • zodiacspeaking

      Oct 22nd 2009, 14:03

      2

      It took me ages to persuade my girlfriend to go see this. Hoping it would be in the same vein as Judd apatows movies we were really disappointed. I find it hard to watch the movie without ranting about michael cera his akward acting style really grinds my gears.

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