A month after his ex-girlfriend dumps him, Nick (Michael Cera) is still sending her “breakup” mix CDs. One day, his gay bandmates convince him to get out of his slump and scour New York City for his favorite band’s secret performance. He relents, not really believing that it will help him overcome his depression. But when Norah (Kat Dennings) approaches him at a club and asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes, Nick begins a night that will leave him—and Norah—forever changed.
I have heard about this movie for years, and for months it’s stayed untouched on my desktop (along with thirty-odd films I have yet to see, not counting series). Even after opening the file yesterday I did not expect to finish it all at once. I had only wanted a peek, but as soon as it started playing I couldn’t stop watching. As far as teen romances go, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist stands out as a really good one. It is filled with the usual reckless driving, indiscriminate gum-chewing, and progressive alcohol-drinking that distinguish high school comedy, but it also contains much more. We see characters struggling with unhealed heartbreaks, changing identities, uncertain futures—and yet somehow the movie stays light, funny. It possesses a self-reflexive charm that allows for constant humor. Even I got carried away. For the greater part of ninety minutes I forgot to think, make notes, or quote lines. I wholeheartedly enjoyed the movie.
Based on the novel by Lorene Scafaria, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist follows the lives of typical teenagers, and in one epic night allows them innumerable adventures. Aboard a van, they search for a vanished drunken girl and struggle to locate a rumored Where’s Fluffy performance, while navigating city streets at break-necking speeds. Seemingly unperturbed by these external factors, Nick and Norah share a private world filled with their own worries: about careers undecided, exes abandoned, orgasms unachieved. Finding solace in each other, they begin a tenuous relationship built on little more than an accidental kiss. Combining elements both predictable and unbelievable, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist fulfills all expectations, leaving little room for complaint. In its renewal of faith in adolescent love, it makes for a film that is emotionally stirring and infinitely sweet.
‘What is it that keeps two people together for such a long time when it’s just not working?’
‘Are you sad we missed it?’ ‘We didn’t miss it. This is it.’