By Mack Chico
10.4.2008 | By Mack Chico |
Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material including teen drinking, sexuality, language and crude behavior.
Release Date: 2008-10-03
Starring: Lorene Scafaria, Rachel Cohn (novela), David Levithan (novela)
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/
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If you like romantic teen movies and love Manhattan’s lower east side, you’ll be infatuated with the new cinematographic work of Michael Cera, North America’s sloppy king. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is an honest romantic tale full of authenticity, with a simple principle and a dialogue that’s intelligent and current.
Nick (Michael Cera) is a solitary character that wonders the world; meanwhile Norah (Kat Dennings) is an insecure person that is looking for herself. Although they don’t have anything in common except music, a casual encounter at a punk concert will become a romance that will change their lives forever.
This film perhaps won’t define the youth of our generation like “Sixteen Candles” from the master John Hughes, but it achieves to capture a real portrayal of the youth in NYC in 2008. This is credited to the young director Peter Sollet (Raising Victor Vargas, Five Feet High and Rising) who guides himself through big filmmakers such as Richard Linklater and Woody Allen, except that there are no neurotic characters or super-complex dialogues. What is evident is the relaxed vibe of the characters and of the movie. It’s a world where the only worry is the time it takes one to forget about one’s ex.
The main characters, Cera and Dennings are the new Allen and Keaton of today. There is a magnetism that exists between them and individually. The camera adores these two and their futures are almost guaranteed.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is directed to a young audience that is looking for love that is innocent and real, without radical idealisms or complicated answers to questions. This is a movie that will make you smile when you are sad and will make you remember the moments when love was pure and innocent.