Friday, January 24, 2014

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) [PG-13] ****

Nick (Michael Cera) is a New Jersey high school student, nearing the end of his senior year, and looking forward to college. He's part of a band called The Jerk-Offs, whose other two members Thom (Aaron Yoo) and Dev (Rafi Gavron) are a gay couple. The band has a gig at a club in New York City that evening so Thom and Dev take their van, while Nick takes his beat-up, taxi-yellow Yugo. The three also hope to find the elusive Where's Fluffy? band, the object of a city-wide treasure hunt by the music-savvy.

While Nick, Thom and Dev are on-stage performing, Nick sees Tris (Alexis Dziena), the self-absorbed beauty who just dumped him, there with her new boyfriend. Also in the audience are Norah (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Ari Graynor) Catholic high school classmates of Tris', from the same New Jersey town, and also in the hunt for Where's Fluffy? The two girls have never seen Nick although they've heard about him from Tris. When Norah sees her own ex-boyfriend, she asks Nick to be her boyfriend for five minutes, kissing him in the process, and unknowingly making Tris jealous.

Thus begins an all-night odyssey during which Nick discovers that Norah has all of the mix CDs he made for Tris but she threw away, and that they have the same taste in music. As Nick, Norah and the band search Manhattan for Where's Fluffy?, as well as the drunk and lost Caroline, Tris tries unsuccessfully to seduce Nick back into her life. And by the time dawn approaches, Nick and Norah discover they've become sort of a couple. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist feels like a micro-budget version of Almost Famous meets American Graffiti, updated to appeal to the NYC music crowd. There are no lessons and no great epiphanies. There is no memorable dialogue, the sets and locations are typical of NYC, and the soundtrack is an acquired taste. The youthful romantic chemistry between Cera and Dennings is, however, honest, undeniable and endearing. 

Labels: comedy, drama, high school, music, romance, teenager

Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 64/100
Tomatometer (critics=74, viewers=65)

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