Review: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
90 minutes
Rated PG-13
Directed by Peter Sollett
Starring:  Michael Cera, Kat Dennings


Grade:  C-

Nick and Norah are the two leads in this teen romantic comedy, Cera and Dennings respectively.  They seem like a good match:  they’re both down to earth, have troubled and clingy past relationships, and aren’t the most popular or well-perceived kids in high school.  Oh, and they both have the same radical taste in music!  I guess that’s supposed to be the selling point in this film with the title Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.  A film driven by the love for music, friends, and more music… and not much else.

The setting is the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which is practically my second hometown so it was fun seeing all the venues and city landmarks throughout the film.  Nick is in a drummer-less punk band called The Jerkoffs with his two gay friends.  He’s been ruined by a bad breakup from mean girl Tris and is having a tough time recovering.  Meanwhile, there’s word that everybody’s favorite band, Where’s Fluffy, is performing a secret show somewhere in the city.  Nick and Norah meet, discover their mutual bond for music, and engage in the ups and downs of a typical romantic comedy.

And that’s it.  There’s nothing much that really happened in the film.  Oh, so finally after spending the whole night with these characters searching for Where’s Fluffy (which actually felt like an entire night) they locate the band… but guess what, we don’t even get a chance to hear this legendary, iconic music.  Quite disappointing.

There were a few laughs during this continuous journey that seemed it would never end.  When you can see the finish line from fifteen minutes into the film, there should be a reason to keep running… like a grand experience from the sweet relief of the conclusion.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case in this film.  This 90-minute all-nighter felt like an epic snoozefest with a pretty good soundtrack.  What I would do right now to hear some Where’s Fluffy, you don’t want to know.


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