Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this film. It’s not quite a chick-flick, and yet it doesn’t really fall into the American Pie/Superbad field of comedy, either.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is about a group of young people who have a crazy night out. Nick (played by Superbad and Juno star Michael Cera) and his band are playing a gig at a club, but Nick is distraught when he sees his ex-girlfriend in the crowd. The ex-girlfriend who recently dumped him, has completely ignored him ever since and is also there with a new guy. However, things may be looking up for Nick as he catches the eye of another girl who’s in the audience, checking him out. Later, in an attempt to save face in front of her bitchy classmate, the girl, Norah (Kat Dennings, of The 40 Year Old Virgin and The House Bunny), asks Nick to pretend to be her boyfriend for five minutes, and kisses him. Trouble is, the bitchy classmate is Tris, Nick’s ex. Tris’ nose is immediately put out of joint because although she’s finished with Nick, she doesn’t want anyone else, much less her rival Norah, to have him.
The evening slowly descends into madness as Norah’s best friend, Caroline, goes missing. Nick, Norah and Nick’s gay bandmates all set out to find her, whilst at the same time seeking information on a secret gig which is taking place. The hottest band ever is playing a gig on the night in question, but they won’t say where. Thrown together by circumstances, Nick and Norah discover a love for the same music and try to ignore the growing attraction between them. Eventually, it becomes impossible to ignore. But as Tris is on the rampage and Norah’s ex won’t leave her alone, things are complicated. The young couple must make some tough decisions, and soon.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film. It really does defy classification. It’s funny, and has an underlying love story, but I wouldn’t say its overly soppy. It’s fun, crazy and easy to watch. I found myself really liking the characters and rooting for them. The perfect film for a lazy Sunday afternoon.