I’ve been told that my movie taste is that of a 14-year old girl.
I’d rather watch movies about high school kids with great music taste, than some 18th-century period piece (though I do love the Jane Austen adaptations, specially Pride and Prejudice… how could one not love those Austen masterpieces?). I do love all movies, but my favorite genre is romantic-comedy, especially if it centers around the magic of young love. And this film fits the mold.
It’s originally a book co-authored by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (who make a tiny cameo near the middle-end of the film).
It’s about a night out, between two high schoolers, Nick and Norah.
Nick is the only straight member of a gay indie rock band called The Jerk-Offs, and Norah is the daughter of a prominent record label executive. Nick’s just been dumped by his flaky (and bitchy) girlfriend Tris, and he’s not exactly able to quickly get over it (he makes her mix CDs constantly, with personal commentary about why he doesn’t understand why she left him, etc). Norah knows Tris and is somewhat friends with her, but she dislikes Tris greatly, especially because of the way she treats Nick, who Norah doesn’t know, at least until 20 minutes into the movie.
Both Nick and Norah have superb music taste, but they really don’t know that fact, about the other. They find themselves stuck in New York City one night, after Nick’s gig with his band (side note: his singer and guitarist are the sweetest/kindest guys, ever). Norah’s drunk friend Caroline has gone missing, shortly after the gig. Nick, Norah, and the band are desperately trying to find out where their favorite indie band, Where’s Fluffy?, is playing an ultra-secret show… all the while searching for Caroline, who only gives Norah vague clues about her location, every time she drunkenly answers her phone.
A lot of people would find this movie cheesy or stupid (or would they? Who knows… I know nothing about the masses film taste, only that comic book/superhero films have been the main thing in Hollywood since at least 2009– I could care less about a majority of those).
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist really holds up, over time. It’s basically almost a decade old, now (god, time flies)… but, it’s still as charming and good as the first time I saw it.
I don’t even need to mention how perfect the soundtrack is (Devendra Banhart, We Are Scientists, Vampire Weekend, The Real Tuesday Weld, Chris Bell, Band of Horses, and the obscure Rogue Wave song that plays during the end credits)…. the songs “After Hours” and “Last Words” alone really tug at my heartstrings. They’re so perfectly-placed in the movie, and they’re just killer songs.
Give this film a shot. If you remotely like good music and the whole “indie rock/hipster” world (I’ve never been cool enough for it, but still love it)… you’ll definitely appreciate this movie. The acting’s great, too, especially by Michael Cera and his band. And Kat Dennings is her usual jaded/cynical/bittersweet self… something about her. She always comes off as utterly real. Not to mention she’s pretty easy on the eyes.
So yeah… good times. GREAT film with GREAT music.