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Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist

A 2008 movie directed by Peter Sollett.

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Que Sera Cera

  • Feb 22, 2009
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Nick: I think we both said some things we didn't mean, like... when you broke up with me... on my b-day.

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Girl breaks up with boy
2. Boy makes mixed tapes and mopes
3. Boy meets new girl
4. Boy's friends decide to intervene
5. New girl's best friend gets drunk, and does extremely nauseating thing
6. Various people search for drunken girl, while searching for publicity shy rock band at the same time
7. Although the ending is characteristic of teen romance movies, this movie has enough going for it to keep your interest until the end...
8. ... once your stomach can stop churning after the aforementioned nauseating thing

This is a typical teenage romance story, but with some new twists. The male lead (Michael Cera) is the only straight member of his rock band, and after a performance the band decides to search for the top secret Manhattan venue of a concert by their favorite indie group "Where's Fluffy?"

Along the way he encounters a girl with similar musical tastes (Kat Dennings), her ditsy best friend (Ari Graynor), and her ex-boyfriend (Jay Baruchel). Naturally, there are also several encounters with his ex-girlfriend (Alexis Dziena), leading to some awkward moments.

I can't help mentioning the nauseating scene, a reminder of which keeps popping up during the movie, but otherwise this is a surprisingly sweet romantic comedy with a good soundtrack. I wouldn't buy it, but recommend it as a rental.

Amanda Richards, February 21, 2009

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March 03, 2009
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March 03, 2009
i did enjoy this movie, but agree with the rental recommendation: it's a fun little film, but it definitely left me wishing there was a little more to it.
March 03, 2009
It's also WHERE she pukes before fishing it out Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
March 03, 2009
Mmmm... lovely*. Must have been some expensive gum. *= indicates sarcasm
March 03, 2009
"New girl's best friend gets drunk, and does extremely nauseating thing" Dare I ask what you mean by this?
February 27, 2009
I'm gonna have to completely disagree with anyone who says this movie is worth renting/watching/doing anything with. Man it was bad. My boyfriend and I got the chance to see it early in one of those preview screenings, and we were the oldest people in the theatre. We're both 25. Needless to say, I was seriously to old to even remotely relate to or think anything about this movie is funny. And hey, look, I'm not a snob. I thought Superbad was like, the best comedy movie in years. This movie was tired with the plots, revolved an unbelievable and uninteresting search for some dumb band, and the music wasn't even that good. I really didn't like this movie. But I do love Michael Cera.
February 22, 2009
I saw so many commercials for this yet had no idea what it's even about, so thanks for your SASS once again. It seems like a good rental idea, definitely, so I'll check it out. Thanks again for your recommendation!
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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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