"Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist"
Directed by Peter Sollett.
Written by Lorene Scafaria. Based on the novel by Rachel
Cohn and David Levithan.
Starring Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Ari Graynor and Alexis
Release Year: 2008
Review Date: 10/15/08
Wow. Wow!!! I saw the trailer
for "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" and told people that it
looked good, that I wanted to see it, that it had "potential."
I don't know if I have ever been so...fucking...wrong!!!!
The first fifteen minutes of this film are
nothing short of atrocious, ESPECIALLY if you have seen any other
Michael Cera film/show. (That would include "Arrested
"Superbad" or "Juno.")
Can Cera play this character (or maybe, an extension of himself) in
EVERY movie he appears in? Maybe, but even if he could, SHOULD
he? You get that, a bad collection of supporting actors, and a
script that might be ripped from a book but it should never have
seen a movie screen. The recipe for disaster?
Meg and I caught a 7-something show on a
Wednesday night; it was about a third full. Seriously, you
would have thought it was a funeral. Almost no laughter from
the audience throughout. The plot concerns Nick (Cera), hung
up on his last girlfriend, Triss (Alexis Dziena). He plays in
a band and has a wicked music sense; he made a bunch of mix CDs for
Triss, which she promptly threw away, each time in the presence of
her friend Norah (Kat Dennings), who promptly took them out of the
trash to download onto her iPod, and she loves Nick even though
she's never met him. One night at a show for Nick's band,
Norah meets Nick for the first time...adventure of the indie variety
follows, and from there, the film is complete shit.
Of course, when you start out in the shitter,
there's nowhere to go but down the drain, and that's where "NANIP"
goes for 90 agonizing minutes. Halfway through this drivel, I
actually wanted to get up and leave, it was so fucking atrocious.
The women not named Norah in this film are awful, scary, unfunny,
untalented, you name it...this would be include Dziena, who actually
frightened me the first time I saw her walk, because she's such a
stick and so scary for what might be a teenager. Then, there's
Norah's best friend Caroline (Ari Graynor), who I actually wanted to
put a bullet into by the time she was tossing in a bus station
bathroom. This was partly on Graynor, who is as far from
winning the Oscar as a young actress can be; this was partly on my
real-life anger for stupid people who get wasted at parties, so
maybe in that sense, Graynor was really good.
Dennings is the only person in this film
that I sorta liked, but then again, she is cast as a quietly
sarcastic awkward character...uhh, exactly like Cera. This
leads to some painful moments and one of the worst screen kisses Meg
and I have ever seen. I think someone saw "Juno" and thought
that it might work to put Cera against another sarcastic type, but
the difference is that Ellen Page's Juno had more moments of raising
her voice, or being energetic, or generally being un-Cera.
Dennings and Cera would make a better cop tandem or brother-sister
duo than love interests, and I couldn't stop yawning whenever the
two of them made conversation.
"NANIP" was dogshit, but it caught me way
offguard. Hopefully, Cera will begin to evolve in his next
film, because he is boring the living hell out of me.
Rating: Hard Vice
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"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard