Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
by Mitchell Agostinho
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is cute – it’s a simple story of love – that’s it. For those people who want to see Michael Cera (star of hits such as Juno and Superbad), come and see him in this. For those people who want to see stellar acting from total no-namers, come see Ari Graynor, Aaron Yoo, and Rafi Gavron give awesome performances. If you want to see a developed plot and real story line that doesn’t revolve one question… stay away. Cutie pie films for couples are usually good but this one lacked in real story that others in this genre usually excel in.
NNIP tells the story of two people. Nick (Michael Cera): recently dumped and hung up on his ex-girlfriend, Tris. Norah (Kat Dennings): looking for love and forcing to find a spark when there is none. Open and shut case right? Wrong! Norah’s classmate happens to be Nick’s ex-girlfriend. Tris always talks about how Nick used to make her mix CDs but never really cared. Norah on the other hand loves Nick’s mixes and some how falls in love with him. These three all meet up at a club on night and from that point on, things start to happen. Kisses, drunks, and new boy friends and all that fun stuff pop up in no time. I shouldn’t leave out the quest. Oh yes, the quest to find Fluffy. Where’s Fluffy you ask? Well that’s the point. A band that is so mainstream shy that they will only plays secret shows. Why is this important? Nick and Norah are both HUGE fans. The story begins from there.
In a cast with no-namers you always have to have a huge star or up and coming star to lead the cast. Michael Cera was that star. The movie seemed to re-use his character from Juno (shy and love-dubby) again because people loved it so much before. Not to say that the character is bad but there were parts where I was started to wonder where Ellen Page was. Not to say that Michael was the only good actor there. Like I previously stated, Ari Graynor, Aaron Yoo, and Rafi Gavron all give incredible performances that carry their own special plot away from the main one. I was quite impressed though with Kat Dennings. She displayed great a performance that had me thinking, “Will we see this young newbie on the screen once more?” Answer: yes. Kat has three movies ready to go next year. Let’s see if she’s good or if she’s a one hit wonder.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a cute movie for those wanting to see Juno with out Ellen and no baby. If you really want to see a soon to be favorite actor Aaron Yoo (Disturbia, 21) and another stellar role then this is something to watch. I liked it but I really look for solid plot when I watch a movie. NNIP didn’t deliver what I was expecting. 5/10