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Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist

A 2008 movie directed by Peter Sollett.

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The Music Scene at Night

  • Dec 21, 2008
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"Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist"

The Music Scene at Night

Amos Lassen

Two people are thrust together for one wild night in New York City and they experience a sleepless world of adventure, of late-night fun and very loud music. Michael Cera is Nick and he is a member of a rock band. He is trying to get over a broken heart. His band where he is the only straight member and plays bass is "Jerk Offs" which is classified as queercore. Nick meets Norah (Kat Dennings) at a show where the band is finishing playing "Screw the Man". As the two begin their adventure together, Norah questions her assumptions about the world. The two seem to have little in common aside from their love of music but their chance meeting leads them on an all night quest to locate where a band is doing their secret show. They soon realize that they are actually on a first date and involved in some kind of romance that could change their lives. They with Tom and Dev, two gay members of Nick's band, set out to find the other band. We get a new kind of romantic comedy in which gay people are just people. As Nick and Norah hold hands, they embark on a night that they will never forget.
It is nothing new to see two people make a connection through music and here it is done in a fun manner and as we watch we begin to empathize with the characters and grow to love them. The success of the film is because of the amazing cast, the wonderful screenplay by Lorene Scafaria and the direction by Peter Sollett. The movie succeeds because of these and as a teen comedy it is sweet and gives a balance between Nick and Norah that we do not often see. It is a character driven film and the actors do their jobs with élan. Ari Graynor shines as a ridiculously likeable drunk.
The movie is all about love and if you are not in love, the movie makes you want to be. It also provides laughs and the magic of music. Can we ask for anymore than that?

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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is a comedy about two people thrust together for one hilarious, sleepless night of adventure in a world of mix tapes, late-night living, and, live, loud music. Nick (Michael Cera) frequents New York's indie rock scene nursing a broken heart and a vague ability to play the bass. Norah (Kat Dennings) is questioning pretty much all of her assumptions about the world. Though they have nothing in common except for their taste in music, their chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band's secret show and ends up becoming the first date in a romance that could change both their lives.

In the big-screen version of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's popular young adult novel, two high-school seniors fall in love over the course of one eventful evening. A straight bass player in a queercore band, Nick (Juno's Michael Cera) has just been dumped by the two-timing Tris (Alexis Dziena). He's committed to making more self-pitying mix CDs until his bandmates convince him to help track down a top-secret rock concert. Meanwhile, Norah (Charlie Bartlett's Kat Dennings) and her hard-partying pal, Caroline (Ari Graynor), set off on the same journey. Nora had never met Nick, but she already had a crush on him (While attending the same school as Tris, she's been enjoying the mixes Nick keeps making--and Tris keeps throwing away). When the inebriated Caroline goes missing, they spend the rest of the night ...
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Director: Peter Sollett
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 3, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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