Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

2008. Directed by Peter Sollett.

"Are you sad that we missed it?"
"We didn't miss it. This is it."

A millennial love letter to New York City, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is a heartwarming journey that takes place during a single night in the lives of it's ensemble.

The focus is on Nick, who's been heartbroken by his man-eater ex Tris and his attempt to get back into the dating scene. The search for love is paired with the character's endless search for the location of the band "Where's Fluffy" 's next performance. Both stories carry the central narrative and dove tail with predictable, but undeniably uplifting conclusions.

The heavy weights are Michael Cera as Nick, and the formidable Kat Dennings as Norah, Nick's musical soul mate. The script by Lorene Scafaria brims with memorable lines and each are delivered with perfect awkwardness by the leads. Ari Graynor as Caroline, Norah's lovable lush best friend is the scene-stealer, who embraces her character with beer soaked abandoned.

Tom Richmond's cinematography perfectly captures the teenage music scene of 2008 New York with respect and care in every frame. This is not a city of pain and crime, but one of love and friendship.

Mark Mothersbaugh's score and the absolutely fantastic soundtrack are characters themselves. In a film about music, and how music helps us through the crucibles of life, the sounds stick with you throughout and long after.

While not bringing anything new to the genre, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is a champion date movie and a film that wins you over purely on it's unabashed charm and self deprecating wit. Turn off your brain, turn on your heart, and open your ears. Love is out there, just waiting for you.

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