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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is a film you will either like or switch off after 15 minutes, ostensibly its a love story played out around New York City. Nick (Michael Cera) is a young man in a band, the rest of his band are gay and desperate to help him rid his psyche of an ex who cheated on him incessantly and find him 'The One'. Norah (Kat Dennings) is a schoolgirl who has a famous father and seems unsure whether people like her for herself or her dad. She knows Nick's horrible ex and picks up the mix tapes he sends her whenever she throws them in the bin. The film follows our characters as Nicks band plays and he bumps into Norah whilst they both pretend to be together to annoy his horrible ex. The rest of the film follows the pair as they travel around New York City searching for drunk friends, looking for decent music and basically falling in love. The music is pretty cool indie kid stuff with Vampire Weekend and a host o the weird and wonderful of the New York music scene putting in appearances, it makes for a film that at times tries way too hard to be cool, but overall is sweet and a lovely little tale. Price: Available for £3.69 on Amazon or £14.95 including the CD Soundtrack its not a great film by any stretch but worth watching. Cast: Michael Cera ... Nick Kat Dennings ... Norah Aaron Yoo ... Thom Rafi Gavron ... Dev Ari Graynor ... Caroline Alexis Dziena ... Tris Jonathan B. Wright ... Lothario Zachary Booth ... Gary Jay Baruchel ... Tal Justin Rice ... Bishop Allen My View: I am probably too old for this type of film nowadays but I love these kind of rambling romances, the use of music is a good if not totally workable excuse for the love story, but I found it a sweet and non-offensive film. Cera always appears wise beyond his years and he and Denning provide a really nice leading couple, the backing actors do their jobs well and whilst the script is a mix of good and indifferent the music is excellent throughout. This is a modern day love story, its reasonably cool, reasonably funny and definitely worth a watch so long as you don't expect too much.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is a teen comedy/ romance film that was released in 2008. It is rated 12 due to one use of strong language and some sex references and the film is 86 minutes long. Plot Nick's girlfriend, Tris, has recently dumped him but he isn't over her at all. He continues to make her (in quite a stalker way) mix tapes and leaving messages on her voicemail that he never actually sends. On a night where his favourite band 'Where's Fluffy?' is supposed to be playing somewhere in New York, Nick's gay band-mates talk him into playing a gig and then on an adventure to find the band. At the gig, Nick's ex girlfriend is there which he isn't too happy about. Nora, who doesn't like Tris at all, is also there with an extremely drunk friend (Caroline). When Tris sees Nora all alone, she begins to make fun but then Nora explains she's waiting for her boyfriend and heads off to pretend that her boyfriend is Nick, even though he has no idea what is going on. In a mix of wanting Tris back, making her jealous and thinking that he really does like Nora when he realises they have a lot in common, Nick has one packed night ahead of him and he still has to find 'Where's Fully?'. Cast Michael Cera ... Nick Kat Dennings ... Norah Aaron Yoo ... Thom Rafi Gavron ... Dev Ari Graynor ... Caroline Alexis Dziena ... Tris Jonathan B. Wright ... Lothario My Opinion The plot for this film was quite original and interesting to begin with although I got bored of it quite quickly. The larger part of the story is based on all of the characters wanting to find their favourite band, even though they could be anywhere in New York. This aspect gave the film a sense of adventure and craziness and I wish it had been more focused on that, rather than the romances. This is a film that is supposed to be partly a comedy but I didn't really find it all that funny. Sure, there are a few little parts, like the gay Christmas show in a church but there wasn't much else. I felt like the film was trying too hard to be funny in certain places when it just wasn't funny. I have only seen Michael Cera is Juno and I didn't particularly love him in that and now I feel the same about his performance in this film. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't awful but there were some others that outshined him, by far. I guess the best way to describe his performance would be to say bland, because I didn't end up feeling anything at all for him. Nick's gay friends were far better than Nick and they added most of the comedy and likeability to the film. As for the rest of the cast, again, just OK. They weren't awful but nothing special about any of them stood out for me. For a film mostly about the music, I cant even remember one song. I know that there were some big bands like We Are Scientists and The Cure were featured but I wouldn't be able to tell you what songs or where about they were used. I felt quite disappointed with this aspect of the film mainly because it was so unmemorable when it should have been something that really stood out. Overall, this film was very average and I wouldn't really go out of my way to watch it again. There was nothing overly special about it in any department so it was a real let down for me. Teenagers will probably like it though.
FILM ONLY REVIEW Nick O'Leary is a high school student who is having a hard time getting over his ex-girlfriend Tris. He plays with a band called The Jerk off's and when they go to their gig that night he is in for a pleasant surprise. Norah is also at school at she goes to see the gig with her friend Caroline, they are also sort of friends with Tris and when they meet at the gig and Tris introduces her new boyfriend Norah says she is also there with her boyfriend and as a result she goes up to Nick and asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for a few minutes. A friendship strikes up between Nick and Norah much to the disgust of Tris and they decide they will work together to find the location of the one off gig 'Where's Fluffy' is playing that night. Unfortunately Caroline has got drunk and needs taking home so Nick's band member say they will take her so Nick can go with Norah in the hope he will finally get over Tris. As they all set off on their way the band manages to loose Caroline and so they all have to go in search for her instead of looking for the gig. Tris is close behind them as she is jealous of Norah and Nick and she too wants to find the location of the gig. Will Nick and Norah be able to find Caroline in time so they can then set about finding the gig and what will become of their friendship when both their ex's are chasing them and can they really be united by music? I have to say I had read mixed reviews about this film so did not really know what to expect from it, I was left feeling slightly cheated when it finished as for me it was quite a dull film. The storyline was average and so much more could have been done with it. The acting was quite good although there were a few character which I did not like. The role of nick was played by Michael Cera and he did a good job with the role, he seemed genuinely upset and sad about loosing Tris and struggling to get over her. I loved the way he was an ordinary guy and not an overly handsome man as this would have made his character very unbelievable. He did not give too much away about himself which was a shame and I would have liked more details about his life and not just his love of music. He worked well with the role of Norah who was played by Kat Dennings and they had a good on screen partnership. I found their friendship to be genuine. Norah was another good role and she was also a nice character and I found I was able to warm to her more than any other character. She showed she was hard yet sensitive and was always looking out for her friends. I liked how we did not get to find out about her family at the beginning of the film but this was left until later on. The supporting actors were good but I felt some of the roles could have been better. I was quite lost as to the fact why they made the band members gay and how they made fun of themselves as there was no need for this. I think at times they were daft and made themselves look like right diva queens and this spoilt the roles for me. The roles of Caroline and Tris were ones which I did not like as they were self-centred and only seemed to want what they could get from people. Some of the things which Caroline did actually made me feel sick at times in the film. The music was a big part of the film and I did find it was all very good and current. There were a lot of tracks which I was not familiar with but I did enjoy them all and found it helped with the telling of the storyline and portrayed the love of music side to the storyline better. The film was set in America in the present day so there were no special effects needed and all of the costumes and sets were very well made and looked good. I loved the current vibe which seemed to be everywhere and how we saw lots of clubs as this gave the film a young feel. As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak of. The running time of the film 90 minutes and I did find this was more than enough. The certificate is a 12A as there are some sex references and scenes which are unsuitable for the younger viewer. The film can be bough on DVD for under £5 now and I definitely would not any more for this. Overall despite giving this film 3 stars I will recommend it but only for the younger teenage market. I think it would appeal more to them as it is very current with the appearance and music used. I think the daft humour which we got a few times is also more for the younger market. Not one for the older audience.
Nick O'Leary (Michael Cera) has spent 6 months of his life in a relationship with Tris (Alexis Dziena) but now he is heartbroken and has been dumped. Tris goes to school with Norah (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Ari Graynor) they have both heard about the illusive Nick, but never met him. Norah is obsessed with the mixed CD's that Nick has been making Trish, we one that he has made 'the road to closure vol. 9' that Trish bins but Nora manages to salvage it so that she can listen to it. One evening Nora ends up going to see the band called the Jerkoffs in a gig and strangely finds herself attracted to one of the members, after one of her friends Tris starts to mock her about being single she decides that she is going to find a man and pretend that he is her boyfriend. After making out with the mysterious band member and asking him to go along with her plan she finds out that he is Nick, Tris's ex. They hear of a gig of a band that they are both fans of where's fluffy but the gig is secret and they both decide that they are going to try and find the gig together. After her drunk friend Caroline is promised a lift home with the other members of the band that Nick is in they head off together to find where's fluffy. This film is hilarious with the situations that Caroline gets into both strange and disgusting (So disgusting I was cringing) this film made me laugh quite a bit. The cast were amazing I already loved both Cera and Jennings but now I will be watching out for Ari Graynor as well! I loved the fact that Nick was the only straight guy in his band and the way that they looked out for him, especially when they decide to take Norah into the back of their van and get her dressed into something more appropriate. This film is about the story of their relationship as it evolves, with other little storylines added to the film to add more humour. I found the toilet scene with Caroline absolutely disgusting and at some points could not look even though I was still laughing! The soundtrack for this film is full of amazing artists such as Vampire weekend and The cure. I loved the fact that both Nick and Norah have backgrounds in music and it was one of the things that united them.
I'm quite picky with films, and it's rare that I'd pick up and indeed decide to buy a DVD which I've never heard of, or wasn't familiar with any of the actors or director. Sometimes, however you do judge a book (or indeed film) by it's cover. A picture of a grungy looking guy and girl with earphones in the shape of a heart around them and the quirky title 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' suggested to me this is a teenage romance with a decent soundtrack. I was right, but not only that, it's very funny. The story is fairly standard teen flick stuff however. The film follows Nick O'Leary after he is left heartbroken after being dumped by his squeaky, irritating, oh so pretty (you know the type) girlfriend, Tris. Nick throughout their relationship made mix CDs for Tris (very High Fidelity) but after their split continues to send them to her. Little does he know, after she throws them away they are rescued by Norah Silverberg, who is in awe of this guy's musical taste, although they've never met. A chance encounter at a club brings Nick and Norah together and they embark on a double quest over the course of one night. Norah's hilarious drunk friend Caroline goes missing and they travel round the city trying to find her and both are fans of a hugely secretive indie band by the name of Where's Fluffy and whilst trying to find Caroline, they also are trying to find out where this band are performing a secret gig. This isn't a complicated or challenging plot, but I won't spoil it by giving everything away. Nick is played by Michael Cera, and Norah by Kat Dennings. Both provide convincing and likeable characters. In fact the whole young cast make this film, especially for me, Ari Graynor who plays Caroline. She provides many of the laughs as a fantastic drunk. I probably particularly like her because I can relate to a lot of what she does!! The film, as you would expect has a great indie soundtrack with contributions from bands such as Vampire Weekend, We Are Scientists and Band of Horses. However, I was a little disappointed at the lack of focus on the music in the film considering that's one of it's main themes. We know that the mix CDs are a factor that brings these two together, but what's on them? I think this is a bit of a downfall of the film. DVD extras are thin on the ground. The inevitable commentary that no one ever listens to, some deleted scenes and outtakes, but nothing to get too excited over. I bought this DVD for £4 from WHSmith, and I would expect to pay under £5 most places. Though, for that it's worth it. I'm not usually one for teen flicks but this was quirky enough to be a bit different from the normal drivel. Don't expect anything too thought provoking but an enjoyable chill out film, well acted with some funny moments. Worth a watch, I'll be watching again.
I thought this film looked pretty good, and as I really like Michael Cera in Juno, I thought I'd give this a go since it was only £3.98 on amazon, a complete bargain! PLOT The story in this film covers just one night in Nick and Norah's life. Nick has been dumped by Tris, his girlfriend on 6 months and is completely heart broken. He obsesses over Tris and makes her a ton of mix CDs, which she immediately throws away, to have them picked up by Norah who loves them. There's rumours that a band all the characters love will be playing a secret gig that night, which leads Norah to go out in New York with her friend Caroline, Tris to go out with her new boyfriend, and Nick gets dragged out by his band mates to play a gig. Norah ends up kissing Nick without realising it's Tris's ex. His band mates think she'd be perfect for Nick and would help him get over the she-devil that is Tris. So Nick gives Norah a lift home in his car and his band mates give the terribly drunk Caroline a lift in their van. As she's passed out when they put her in it, when she wakes up she thinks she's been kidnapped and runs away. So the whole lot of them end up spending the night looking for Caroline and trying to find a secret gig, whilst Nick tries to decide who he feels like Tris and Norah decides how she feels about Nick. OPINION I was really looking forward to seeing this film and to be honest it was a bit of a let down, I was expecting much more from it than I got. This is an average teen film with a pretty basic plot and characters without much depth. It's not awful, it's watchable, it's pretty sweet and quite funny at times. But even considering its title and doesn't have too much of an emphasis on music and the sound track could have been so much better. I would have thought that setting the film over just one night would have made the story easier to tell and would focus and the fact that Nick and Norah seem quite meant for each other, and that just being able to meet each other shows that. However, I think that it means that the story doesn't go indepth enough, it seems quite shallow and you don't get to know the characters as well as you could. Michael Cera's character Nick is much the same as his character in Juno. However, in Juno his character isn't featured enough for you to be able to get a real feel with him, in this film he's the male lead and it's exactly the same. He does seem like a nice boy, but as Norah's love interest, when you're a girl and you can't sympathise with why the lead female should go for the lead male, it's hard to get involved in the film. Norah however is well acting and interesting as a teenage girl who doesn't really know what she wants yet. Tris is also pretty evil and fun, it's a shame she wasn't in it more. Her friend Caroline's drunken antics are also pretty funny, but they kind of end up being what the film revolves around which seems like a ridiculous plot. Nick is the only straight guy in his band and they whole gay band members thing is quite funny, but they're not actually in the film too much. I know I've given this film quite a hard time, but it's not horrendous. It is quite nice, and easy to watch. I may have liked it more if I was a bit younger, it's all a bit 'scene', or at least I assume it's trying to be. It's a shame this wasn't better, because I imagine that a lot more could have been done with it. I've found out this was based on a book of the same name, which I plan to read, books are generally better than the films that are made from them. And it really wouldn't be hard for that to happen in this case.
Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist is an enjoyable enough film that sort of loses direction part of the way through the film which makes it only a good to average film in my opinion. Nick played by Michael Cera is the only straight person in a gay indie band called Jerk Off, at his first concert one of the audience Nora, played by Kat Dennings falls for him in a big way, a bit of a teen crush thing however he is still struggling to get over the break up of his relationship with popular girl Tris played by Alexis Dziena who has moved on herself to date Gary (Zachary Booth). However maybe she is not totally over him as she gets jealous when she sees Nora kissing him. The film focuses on the ondie band scene in Manhattan and the search for a secret gig by one of the hot bands of the moment, this hunt provides the back drop as they play out their convoluted love traingles as Nora also has a boyfriend on the scene as well, there is a lot of introspective naval gazing in the film and it has a slightly Juno feel about it at times. It is not a laugh out loud type of comedy film, the humour is a little more subtle and under stated but the film is still quite enjoyable and at least it manages to be a bit different to all those standard rom coms that Hollywood churns out on a monthly basis. Cast List Michael Cera ... Nick Kat Dennings ... Norah Ari Graynor ... Caroline Alexis Dziena ... Tris Zachary Booth ... Gary It is worth seeing as it has an intelligent script, it is a shame that it went off the boil a bit just under half way through and could have done with a bit more of a dominating performance from one of the actors but it is an interesting film and with New York as a setting the city nightlife provides some interesting locations.
Right from the off Nick and Nora's Infinitie Play List is trying to be the seminal anti-teen movie of the decade, make no mistake, the emo generation born out of the ghastly years of American Pie and the 'Hottie and the Nottie', fighting back and saying no more of that thank you very much. The laws of teen comedies said the cool kids drove SUVs and listened to Skater Rock and there was never any place for indie college rock and Yugo cars, but this determined to break those lapidary and comfortable stereotypes. This is the Lemonheads generation of film-makers time and they are going to have their day in the sun, gross out comedy a thing of the past now as we head into a new generation of post John Hughes teen comedy. Michael Cera has lead that anti-teen movie generation that has been quietly maturing in the 1990s ready to strike, the young and gauche Cera excellent in Superbad - and although somewhat forced in the over egged pudding of Juno, making a return to form here as the 'cool geek', a comedy oxymoron you will have to get used to in teen comedies to come. John Heder in Napoleon Dynamite was the explosion waiting to happen and Cera is the revolution. You will be hearing a lot about these two for many years to come. This movie also puts to rest the 911 decade in New York, the scars slowly healing through that middle-class angsty college rock the cities diverse and energetic music scene has been sulking and wailing in tune to. -The Cast- Michael Cera ... Nick Kat Dennings ... Norah Aaron Yoo ... Thom Rafi Gavron ... Dev Ari Graynor ... Caroline Alexis Dziena ... Tris Jonathan B. Wright ... Beefy Guy Zachary Booth ... Gary Jay Baruchel ... Tal -The Plot- A-Sexual Nick (Michael Cera) is in a band, the J**k Offs, an all gay indie outfit (gay guys playing indie rock?), bar him, of course. Nora (Kat Dennings), who has the hots for Nick, is in the audience of their first gig. But Nick can't get over his break up with prom queen tottie Tris (Alexis Dziena), she also in the crowd, this time with new boyfriend Gary (Zachary Booth). Nick is still wooing Tris with mix tapes at school, but Tris immediately handing them over to Nora as she 'likes that sort of thing'. Tris does not like indie music in any shape or form but missing Nick's geeky comfort in her life. After some introductions Nora makes Trish jealous by engineering a kiss with Nick, who doesn't know who Nora is until that kiss, whilst Tris makes Nick jealous by kissing Gary. Nora's best friend Caroline (Ari Graynor) doesn't kiss anybody as she's rotten drunk. But tonight is not just about lost and found love and after the show the guys are soon in pursuit of 'Fluffyd', a legendary cult indie band, who are playing a secret gig somewhere in Manhattan in the long night to come, clues hidden around the city for those who know the scene. As the kids leave the club the fun starts, Nick losing Caroline but finding Nora, Nora tagging along with Nick and the J*rk Offs to find Caroline, but also on the trial of Fluffyd. Nick is soon torn between rekindling old love with the vacuous Tris or blowing on the blowing on the spark between him and Nora, they having a lot in common. But Nora also has a boyfriend, her famous dad meaning she gets the attention of wannabe bands looking to get signed, including indie kids 'Bishop Allen', cocky lead singer Tal (Jay Baruchel) close to Nora for all the wrong reasons. But as the night drags on all will be made clear who loves who and who maybe using who, Nicks band mates determined Nick and Nora are an item before the nights out. -The Conclusion- There's no doubt this is trying to be The Breakfast Club of the 'noughties', but ending up more Matt Dillon's grungy effort, 'Singles'. There will never be another Breakfast Club, guys. With its predominately young Jewish cast its just as much about Manhattans confident youth reclaiming the night and getting their confidence back through their music as it is a safe American kids coming of age tale, director Peter Sollett making subtle references to Jewish New York throughout this. Although fluffy in some places it's not a comedy in the truest sense but suitably enjoyable and charismatic to entertain, this not aimed at fans of the Police Academy movies! Michael Cera is delightfully inoffensive as he is appealing to women on the big screen and glides the movie along at the right pace. It's not a highbrow romantic comedy in anyway but it feels somehow elitist, as if indie rock and Manhattan is the music cool of choice for the well-heeled collegiate elite, targeting a knowing demographic in the film. Like I say, the film school twentysomethings of the 90s are finally getting to make the comedies they want, the whole Judd Apatow thing coming out of the same class of 1990. Well I suppose the Guido's of the Bronx don't exactly blast out Radiohead and the Benfolds Five when cruising around Times Square. It's not the comedy of the year, or indeed the decade, but we are going in the right direction to make humour smart again in America. I just don think we can take too much more of Seth Rogan and his stoner humour any more. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Imdb.com scores it 6.9 out on 10 (19,533 votes) RuN-TiMe 90 MINUTES Any 2 films for 2 nights for 5 = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is another in a long glut of quirky films to come out of the US in the past couple of years. If you have seen 'Juno' or the recent 'Adventureland' then you will know the sort of direction that this film goes in. The film concerns Nick (Michael Cera) and Norah (Kat Dennings) two high schoolers with mutual friends who one evening end up getting it together. Basically that's the plot of the film in a nutshell, not much more to say there. Michael Cera can be a little irritating to begin with, if you have watched any of his recent work in films like Year One and Superbad, then you will understand that he has a very limited range. The geeky teenager act is going to be very hard for him to transfer in to more adult roles as he is starting to do now. Unless he wants to play a high school kid for the rest of his life, this may be a little limiting. He's a nice enough guy and the performance is very breezy and appears to have very little to it to make it standout, but there you go. On the whole there seems to be such a huge glut of these kind of 'indie-geek-chic' films of late. Some are quite good (Adventureland, Juno) others seem to be so breezy by the end of the film it's almost impossible to remember anything that has happened in the preceding 90 minutes. This is probably due to the script having no real drama to speak of and a very wafer-thin plot. I would have liked the film to have made more musical references, seeing as the majority if the film was about music hence the title. It didn't, but there were some amusing moments to keep the film bouncing along nicely. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was a distraction for me whilst I was ironing, nothing more. I came to film with nothing and I left with nothing, which is a little sad. This film is available now from amazon.co.uk for the bargain price of £4.88. A sure cure for insomnia.
**Brief History/Brief Plot Based on a novel of the same name, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is the 2008 comedy story of Nick, and er, Norah who meet via a chance meeting. Nick is a heartbroken teenager who pines for his ex Tris, who is a complete nightmare who has blatently just used Nick. Nick constantly makes mix's for Tris which she throws away only for Norah to retreive and love the songs on there, for she has an almost exact musical taste. Norah and Tris share a rivarly/friendship being at the same high school. I dont want to give too much of the plot away as I think thats not the point of the review but only to say that Nick and Norah then have a chance meeting which leads to a chain of events that lay the foundations for the whole film. They are both in love with the band "where's fluffy" who leave clues for where they are going to play with is the sub story for the film. **What I liked about the film The story is pretty solid and there are polished performances from many of the cast. It has had many comparisons with Juno but I feel this is unjust although they both share similar great soundtracks. Here there are artists like Modest Mouse, The Cure, Vampire Weekend and We are Scientists. The film is very feel good and at just under an hour and a half I think this was perfect timing for this sort of film. **What I disliked about the film I enjoyed most of the film but a couple of the sub plots were a bit weak in my opinion. Also the special features were a bit poor. I looked forward to the cast interviews but it turned out to be a really unfunny interview that featured the interviewer asking Michael Cera lots of questions about Juno and ignoring co star Kat Dennings. Clearly staged you learn nothing about Nick and Norahs infinite playlist. **Price The film seems to have had much less commercial success as similar genre Juno and can be picked up for under £5 in many internet outlets. Haven't manage to locate the soundtrack other than on play.com where it is 70p a track. **Overall I would give this about 3.5/5 as it is more than watchable but probably not something I could watch over and over again. At a rating of 12 there is a fair amount of sex references but overall could be suitable for a range of different audiences.
Having really enjoyed Juno and loved Michael Cera in that film I was awaiting Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist with great anticipation of another quirky comedy in the same vein. Unfortunately I have to say that for me this film did not tick quite so many boxes. Plot ==== This film is a coming of age type of comedy and it follows a group of friends all around the 17/18 mark as they deal with the trials and tribulations of relationships and the associated dramas they bring. In particular it follows the title characters Nick O'Leary and Norah Silverberg who are thrown together somewhat by fate - he used to date her frienemy Tris who ditched him and broke his heart, he responded by compiling dozens of compilation CDs to try and win her back, all of which she tossed away and which were subsequently rescued by Norah who thought they were amazing and that the creator must be someone quite special. By fate Nick and Norah then meet at a gig by his band The Jerkoffs and thus follows a night of chance encounters, crazy events, music, mayhem and ultimately a chance to learn about themselves and each other. Cast ===== Michael Cera - Nick O'Leary Kat Dennings - Norah Silverberg Alexis Dziena - Tris Ari Graynor - Caroline Aaron Yoo - Thom Jay Baruchel - Tal Rafi Gavron - Dev Jonathan B. Wright - Lethario The Good ======= Firstly I personally thought the soundtrack to this film was amazing, featuring classics from The Cure, Modest Mouse, We Are Scientists and Vampire Weekend among many, many other indie gems. I must admit though that I expected nothing less from an 'indie' film which I knew to be centred around the theme of compiling CDs for an ex. I have read that this film has been praised for its non-stereotypical portrayal of gay characters and I can see why. Basically Nick is in a band where he is the only straight character and his bandmates and assorted friends are the people who get him through the bad times, they are funny, warm and believable whilst portraying a camp element which manages to be endearing and not patronizing. The story is very easy to relate to and the film is not difficult to follow in any way, it is entertaining and has moments of comedy which are thoroughly enjoyable. It does have lovely quirky moments of awkwardness between Nick and Norah too, which genuinely seem like an awakening of the adults they soon will be, realising that life is actually never simple and beginning to grasp the emotions and the frustrations which come with getting older. I loved seeing New York City by night in this way - as the friends spend an entire evening chasing around after each other and a band they want to see called Where's Fluffy? Vibrant, colourful and gritty, I felt the essence of the City was portrayed well here. Relative newcomer Kat Dennings was quite impressive as Norah and was a character it was very easy to warm to. The Bad ======= In all honesty I do think that Cera runs the risk of getting totally pigeonholed as the guy who plays geeky, quirky-cool college boy roles (Juno, Superbad, now this). I found his portrayal of the character here felt a bit like 'geek by numbers' if you know what I mean, he played virtually the same character as in Juno but with a bigger part here the flaws begin to show, I just feel that its quite a predictable and two dimensional role he plays. The story is fairly predictable and to be honest its not as much of a comedy as I was expecting. In my opinion this film thinks it is cooler, funnier and quirkier than it actually is and had I not seen Juno (which does all of these things so much better) I might not have been so critical. Overall ====== This is, in my opinion, quite a middle of the road film. Not overwhelmingly good but nothing too bad about it either. It succeeds at being an entertaining film whilst not particularly striking in any way. Inoffensive and ultimately enjoyable but nothing particularly stands out for praise or criticism. I do think this film could have been so much more and for some reason it just didnt really do anything in particular for me. Maybe I expected too much of it. I also came away thinking that I really hope to see Cera playing a totally different role in his next film to prove that he really isnt the one trick pony I now believe him to be, time will tell I guess. Run Time: 89 mins
I liked the look of this film as much for the soundtrack as anything else, I'd heard it was a decent film, nothing amazing but a well thought out intelligent film that was worth watching. I think that really does sum it up for me. Nick (Michael Cera) is the bass player for off-kilter band The Jerk-Offs, and feels out of place by being a straight guy in a gay band. He's also just broken up with the girl of his dreams Tris(Alexis Dziena) who is a bratty teen. Norah (Kat Dennings) takes a shine to Nick when she sees him on stage with the band. Norah asks Nick to pretend to be her date for the evening when Tris mocks her for being lonely, totally unaware of his past history with Tris. In amongst all of this all the towns cool kids are hunting for the secret gig, by the band of the moment. The film is a really nice one, it is a bit too cool for school for an old fuddy duddy like me, but the dialogue between Nick and Norah make this relatable to people of all ages, based on a music scene, the soundtrack is excellent full of bright young indie things and the screen is filled with skinny kids however, the ideals of life, love and growing up are really well handled, its not a guy film and not a girl film it's a great date movie with both sides being equally smart and dumb in good measure. The walking and talking elements remind me a lot of Before Sunrise as does the dialogue, in a way not a lot happens in this film, in others it is about two people meeting and getting to know each other and works on that level. Dennings is excellent as Norah and Cera is wonderful as always as Nick, he does the lazy heartbroken thing brilliantly and has a kind of coolness which belies his geeky nature. It's a smart film that doesn't preach and doesn't try to talk down to you or wear its indie credentials on its sleeve, its fun, funny and touching in equal measure. The DVD is still around £12 in most stores, we watched it through Lovefilm and it was good. Extras included stills, deleted scenes, and directors commentary.
After being dumped by his girlfriend, Tris, Nick remains in a miserable and depressed state for weeks. Still in love with her, he makes and sends her CDs filled with a compilation of his favourite songs in a bid to win her back. When his gay friends and band mates eventually can't take his solemn moods anymore, they persuade him into playing with them at a gig. At the gig, they also hope to find out the secret location of where their favourite band will be playing that night. Meanwhile, Norah is gaining a huge collection of brilliant mixed CDs which her friend Tris is throwing away after receiving them from her love-sick ex. When Norah is dragged along to a gig, it is coincidentally the same gig that Nick is playing at. After much ridicule from her supposed friend, Norah puts on a brave face, walks up to the first guy she sees and kisses him, hoping to show Tris that she isn't pathetic and does actually have a boyfriend. But to Tris's horror, the guy Norah has picked as her 'boyfriend' just happens to be Nick. With Norah hoping to prove her worth to Tris, Nick goes along for the ride, with his own agenda of hoping to make Tris jealous. But, after dealing with drunken friends, gay friends, and jealous exes, their love for music and the exciting search for their favourite band pulls them together in this one night in a way neither of them expected. ~ Cast ~ Nick - Michael Cera Norah - Kat Dennings Thom - Aaron Yoo Dev - Rafi Gavron Caroline - Ari Graynor Tris - Alexis Dziena I wasn't expecting too much out of this film as I hadn't seen it advertised very much and it wasn't out for long at my local cinema but, due to my wonderful Cineworld Unlimited card, I decided to give it a watch anyway. And I have to say that it by far exceeded my expectations and it was a surprisingly good film. Any fan of Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno) will know that he is an absolutely brilliant actor at playing those geeky, awkward roles and his role in this is just as good as it was in Superbad. A completely love-sick guy who only ever has his ex on his mind, Nick constantly walks around with drooped shoulders and a miserable face to the dismay of his friends. One thing I will point out is that it was slightly unrealistic that the character of Nick, or even Michael Cera himself, could pull someone as pretty and popular as Alexis Dziena, who was the typical American high school bitch that every guy wants to date. Even though she wanted to fit in, Norah's character was more laid-back and cool and didn't tend to worry much about what was going on around her. The fact that Nick and Norah are both slightly popular, but not up there with the big guys, means they have a lot in common but, throughout the film, we keep seeing them finding more and more similarities in each other, especially when Norah finds out that it was Nick who had been making all the CDs that she loves so much. The other cast, especially Nick's gay band mates and Norah's friend, the very drunk Caroline, provided the bulk of the comedy in the film which made for some great laughs. There really isn't much of a storyline to this film and the entire thing is based purely around the one night of Nick and Norah meeting and how their relationship develops throughout the night whilst they are trying to track down their favourite band by following the clues around New York City, and at the same time trying to track down Caroline who has somehow gotten lost in her drunken stupor. However, even without much of a plot, the two main characters carry off the film excellently and it's a treat and a surprise to watch their new and exciting relationship blossoming on screen. Running time: 90 minutes Certificate rating: 12A Director: Peter Sollett
An adaptation of what I thought wasa decent enough 'coming of age' novel by Rachel Cohn and Davis Levithan, this film is well worth a watch. Comparisons can be drawn with Nick Hornby's High Fidelity in that the lead character in this film (played well by Michael Cera) is both music obsessed and (I thought) neurotic who spends hours creating mix CDs (used to be tapes!) to send to his ex-girlfriend Tris (played very well by Alexis Dziena). Cera's character is the bass guitarist and the only straight member of a hardcore band called 'The Jerk Offs.' he is madly in love with his ex girlfriend (Dziena) and uses the tapes in his endless attempts to win back her love: unfortunately for him, she throws them in the bin, which is where rich upper classgirl Norah (played by Kat Dennings) comes in. There's good screen chemistry here between Cera and Dennings, which comes to a head in a great scene in a recording studio. The script is good and it keeps the film moving along a decent, if not thrilling, pace.
Peter Sollett romantic comedy, titled Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, is a pretty admirable effort considering how vapid and brainless so many romantic comedies are, not to mention they are so often directed with the cold precision of a surgeon, entirely lacking in flair. Sollett's effort, is something of an improvement over those films, but it's also got a little pomposity about itself, attempting to emulate the superb urban films of Woody Allen's best years, such as Manhattan and Annie Hall. Occasionally he hits the mark here, and it's a visually lavish production for sure, but it's still a pretty formulaic picture at its heart. Nick O'Leary (Michael Cera, once again playing the awkward kid), a teenager from Hoboken, New Jersey, is heartbroken after his girlfriend, Tris (Alexis Dziena), breaks up with him, and so spends a night out with his buddies to try and forget things. At a club, he meets Norah Silverberg (Kat Dennings), and the two near instantly hit it off, and seeing as Norah dislikes Tris, asks Nick to be her boyfriend for five minutes, without realising that Nick and Tris used to go out. Thus, this places them in a proximate situation where Nick is happy to see his ex get embarassed, and makes a new romantic prospect in Norah. It's a sumptous film that offers some great sights of New York City, and there is a geniune want for these two characters to get together, which already renders it far and above most romantic comedies, but it's a shame that Michael Cera is AGAIN the awkward kid role that was endearing and hilarious in the likes of Superbad, but has since become tired. Kat Dennings is also rather likeable. The romantic setting of New York, combined with unpatronising, intelligent characterisation renders "Nick and Norah" reminiscent of many a Woody Allen film. However, the story surrounding these characters is too thin and uninvolving to truly dazzle.