Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist - Review
Review by Jack Foley
PETER Sollett’s hip indie rom-com Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist was billed as “this year’s Juno” when it received its UK debut at last year’s London Film Festival – not least because it features another love-struck performance from Michael Cera.
It’s actually nowhere near as good as Jason Reitman’s instant classic, but is still a smart, often charming little comedy that should easily capture the hearts of both sexes.
The film follows Cera’s Nick O’Leary and Kat Dennings’ Norah Silverberg as they attempt to overcome nasty exes, drunken colleagues and find a secret performance by their favourite band over the course of one night in New York.
For Nick, the night represents an opportunity to get over the heartbreak he still feels from his recent split with an obnoxious ex (Alexis Dziena)… glum feelings that render him oblivious to the charms of Norah, an altogether more winning babe who clearly holds a candle for him because of the mix CDs he makes.
Just occasionally, Sollett (who impressed with his debut film Raising Victor Vargas) over-milks the jokes and can’t always seem to decide between hip indie humour or gross out comedy. While certain character developments strain credibility – especially those concerning Nick’s tolerance for his ex-girlfriend.
But thanks to the appealing performances of its two young leads and a cool soundtrack, Nick & Norah’s Playlist does enough to ensure that the feel-good factor remains mostly intact throughout.
Cera and Dennings, in particular, work well together and balance awkwardness and romanticism to extremely engaging effect, thereby enabling the film to resonate with viewers in many more ways than they may initially expect.
It’s just a shame that certain plot contrivances fail to ring true and ultimately deprive the film of the sustained coolness needed to give it the instant classic status of, say, Juno.
Running time: 90mins
UK Release Date: January 30, 2009