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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: It's Just So Cute

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: It's Just So Cute

I'm trying to separate the experience of watching the movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist from the experience of reading the book. In truth, the two bear only a few similarities and I enjoyed the book more than the movie. Still, as a standalone piece of entertainment, the movie version is fun and silly and adorable, mostly due to the great cast. At the heart of what's so likable about it are Nick and Norah themselves, two precocious, creative, music-loving teens who spend a wacky night in New York City together, both learning to grow beyond their past relationships and into something that feels exciting and right. Ah, young love. Is there anything sweeter?

If there is, it's Michael Cera's cute little face. He plays Nick, a funny, self-deprecating young man who is the sole straight guy in his band. He's struggling to get over his ex, Tris (Alexis Dziena), when he meets Norah (Kat Dennings), a droll, witty girl who shares Nick's love for a band called Where's Fluffy? Nick and Norah have an immediate connection and Nick's bandmates, sensing the possibility for Nick to forget Tris, offer to take Norah's drunk friend Caroline (Ari Graynor) home, and send Norah off with Nick in his yellow, beat-up Yugo. Things go awry, of course: Caroline runs away from Nick's friends, Nick and Norah have a fight, Tris becomes jealous and follows Nick around the city, and Norah's sort-of-ex-boyfriend Tal (Jay Baruchel) keeps making Norah feel conflicted. Through it all, these cool, indie teens are trying to figure out where Where's Fluffy? is playing their secret show in New York. For my thoughts on all this,


I'm not totally fond of the meandering story arcs, and at times the plot seems sort of oddly smushed together. But at the same time, this movie is an unusual addition to the ordinary movie offerings (the blockbuster, the dramatic weepie, the raunchy comedy, etc.). Here we have two kids who are different from the cookie-cutter teens — and they're proud of this. They love all kinds of music and have adventures in New York that don't include shopping for couture. Their friends are kooky, funny musicians, most of whom are gay. There's no angst over these things (being "individuals" among "the normals," etc.), but there is angst about those basic insecurities people feel when they find new love.

It's your cute, simple boy-meets-girl romance — but with a uniquely modern twist.

Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures

niniwiskapoo niniwiskapoo 9 years
I just went to see this movie and thought it was great. I loved that they used real New York concert spaces and the soundtrack was awesome. And one of my favorite local bands was in the movie which was a total treat for me. The story was sweet and believable... a lot can happen in 1 night it NYC.
foxie foxie 9 years
Saw it today and I really liked it. Is it just me or does Tris look like a monkey? I mean, a big plot point is that Tris is so much prettier than Norah, but come on... Kat Dennings is about 93 times more attractive than Alexis Dziena.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 9 years
i just saw the movie last night and it was insanely adorable. there were a few lough out loud moments but mostly, it's just so sweet. i really enjoyed it
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I just got back from seeing the movie. I liked ti and it reminded me of some nights I've had with my friends where we'll just drive around aimlessly, and the teenage awkardness between Nick and Norah is very believable. But it did seem like A LOT happened in just one night and there wasn't as many laughs as I'd expected.
Pistil Pistil 9 years
I went to see it last night and it was an okay movie. It had it's funny moments and it's eye-rolling moments. I really liked the characters, I think the actors were great. I could relate somewhat to Norah, I've had friends exactly like Caroline, and remember having those crazy nights out. My only complaint would be that the theater was filled with those darn teenagers, kicking my seat, on their stupid cell phones :fogey: Haha.
emalove emalove 9 years
I think this movie looks pretty cute...I'd watch it. Never read the book.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I heard this movie was really good, Entertainment Weekly gave it an A- and i usually agree with them. I think Michael Cera is WAY overhyped though. He plays the same role in each movie!
Swen Swen 9 years
I think Michael Cera is adorable, and I thought I'd want to see this because of him, but after seeing the trailer a few times, I have no interest.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Awww...This is the other movie, next to the Dark Knight, that I've been waiting for all year. It looks super cute :-)
HeidiMD HeidiMD 9 years
I must be in the minority of people who hate crap like this. I don't know his real name, but George Michael is really annoying. I don't find him cute or quirky or whatever his appeal is supposed to be. But then again, I think I'm the only person who wanted to walk out of the theater after Superbad...
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
i want to see this SO bad!
jasmint jasmint 9 years
Loved the book! Love the cast! Love Bishop Allen! I'm seeing this ASAP.
Deidre Deidre 9 years
The soundtrack is supremely kicking. I don't even need to see the movie; the music is enough!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
That little old man smiley is so cute! Anyway, I'll probably see this. I just think it looks so cute, and I look the idea of a New York movie that doesn't revolve around "shopping for couture."
pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 9 years
You know maybe I'm just an old fogey, but I am not interested in this movie. I saw the previews and that was enough for me. I know witty, cute, precocious teen angst movies are the rage now, but I've had my belly full it. :FOGEY:
Jinx Jinx 9 years
"He (if that much) of him." That was supposed to be: "He was the best thing about Juno, all 10 minutes (if that much) of him".
Jinx Jinx 9 years
There has always been a market for sweet, fun teen movies, Juno had nothing to do with it. I will see this movie, and probably enjoy it more then Juno. Cera is awesome, although typecast. He (if that much) of him. :oy:
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
well i think that there's something to be said about movies like this and i think that if i have time, i'm going to check it out. there's a rising demand for teen type movies and ever since Juno, i think that we've realized that you don't have to be a teen to appreciate it. i'm always a bit disappointd when a book is made into a movie but i guess that's kind of what happens since you can't always make things work perfectly.
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