29 September 2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Directed by: Peter Sollett
Written by: Lorene Scafaria
Full credits from IMDb

While director Peter Sollett’s first feature, Raising Victor Vargas, dealt with la vida hispánica on the Lower East Side, he turns his attention here to another significant downtown demographic — hipsters from out of town. In Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, the title’s two Bridge & Tunnel teens (Michael Cera & Kat Dennings), hung up on exes, spend a Manhattan night falling for each other while enjoying rock n’ roll music. Sollett and screenwriter Lorene Scafaria can’t squeeze much out of that, so the movie replaces its young-adult source novel’s breathlessly propulsive stream-of-consciousness with a series of diversionary asides: where’s Norah’s drunk friend? Where’s the best-band-ever’s secret show? (These mini-mysteries might account for the title’s otherwise inexplicable Thin Man reference.)

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