Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Sony || PG13 - 89 minutes - $28.96 || February 3, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-01-30


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Peter Sollett
Writer(s): Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (novel); Lorene Scafaria (screenplay)
Cast: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Aaron Yoo, Ari Graynor, Alexis Dziena


Theatrical Release Date: October 3, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Feature Commentaries
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • A Nick and Nora Puppet Show
  • Video Diary
  • Storyboard Animations
  • Faux Interview
  • Music Video
  • Photo Album
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French

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.::THE FILM::.

So I got called “emo” when I went to get my haircut recently. I didn’t know what the word meant, since it’s not really a word. I thought it meant I was emotional since I cried at the end of “Happy Feet.” Well, if I am, it’s because of this movie, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, a film that not only surprised me because of the phenomenal acting but also the comedy and serious tones throughout.

Nick (Michael Cera) is trying to get his back his ex-girlfriend, Tris (Alexis Dziena), after she cheated on him and broke his heart. Nick’s in some band called The Jerk Off’s, with two of his buddies from school. They have a show later in the night at some bar, which Nick refuses to go to saying he’s taking a personal day.

His friends drag him off to the show anyway where he plays some lame instrument, it’s funny just trust me, and afterwards he wanders to the bar and notices Tris showed up as well with her new boyfriend. Norah (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Ari Graynor) are there also, since Tris came with them. Norah despises Tris and Caroline a little bit too, since Caroline gets plastered and Tris is just a stuck-up witch.

However, Norah lied to Tris and said she had a new boyfriend and struggles to make an excuse as to who it is. She sees Nick, who she secretly has a crush on, and walks over and starts making out with him. It’s shortly after that Norah realizes just who Nick really is, and struggles to deal with it, though it doesn’t matter to her much but Nick is still deeply in love with Tris.

Nick ends up giving a ride to Norah in attempts to find some band called “Where’s Fluffy” and Caroline gets a ride from Nick’s friends, but his friends lose Caroline and the chase to find her begins. All the while Norah’s past about her father and her past relationships come into play, as well as Nick trying to deal with his feelings for Tris and his new feelings for Norah.

Cera and Dennings are absolutely great in this film. It’s surprising, since I didn’t think Cera would star in anything after “Juno” or “Superbad and Dennings hasn’t been in anything that’s been that memorable. But honestly these two have really stepped it up in this film, as has supporting characters Dzeina and Graynor.

The movie is short, which is somewhat of a shame, but it tells the story it needs to, gets to the plot, has a few twists and turns, and is perfect for what it tries to do. Although a few scenes, one involing Tris, and you’ll know what I mean when you see it, probably didn’t need to belong and could have gotten the movie a PG rating and thus a bigger audience, it still works.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Director Peter Sollett, Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, and Ari Graynor – The cast and director team up on the commentary, but sadly most of the cast is drowned out by Dennings comments throughout. She takes center stage, as Cera tries to get a word in edge wise but gets cut out for the most part. It’s a funny and entertaining track, as long as you can put up with Cera’s monotone voice for the film.

Commentary with Director Peter Sollett, Authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and Screenwriter Lorene Scafaria – A different kind of audio track, as the people who wrote the novel, Cohn and Levithan, talk about the changes that were made from the book to the big screen. A great audio track to listen to if you’ve got the spare time.

Deleted & Alternate Scenes (11 minutes): A collection of nine scenes that weren’t in the film or are slightly longer. These are actually pretty funny, even though it gets a bit tedious seeing the same scene five times in a row.

Outtakes (4 minutes): The actors flub lines throughout the film. Once again, a funny feature despite it being short.

A Nick & Norah Puppet Show by Kat Dennings (5 minutes): Dennings is seriously a riot in this one. I won’t spoil it for you, but check this out.

Ari Graynor’s Video Diary: A Look Behind the Scenes (4 minutes): A video diary shot by the cast as the film progressed. Another great extra, so watch it.

Storyboard Animations (9 minutes): Basic storyboard for the flick. There’s also commentary available if you want.

Faux Interview w/ Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, and Eddie Kaye Thomas (3 minutes): A look at an interview with Cera and Dennings. Thomas is that one guy from those movies about pie. Dennings at the start tries to take control (much like the commentary) and gets shot down. It’s a joke interview, but still funny.

“Middle Management by Bishop Allen” Music Video (3 minutes): Catchy song with shots from the movie thrown in.

Finally, a Photo Album and Digital Copy are available.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Wow, this is a great looking movie. Colors are vibrant, contrast is near-perfect for the entire hour and a half run, and grain isn’t really an issue here. However a few of the characters flesh tones do appear a bit brighter in a few scenes than they do in others, and the club scenes tend to be a little darker than the rest, it’s not really that big of a deal. Overall this is another stunning transfer from Sony.

The audio side however doesn’t fare as well. As a dialogue-centered film, the audio levels at times are a bit too low and hard to make out. The concert scene near the start is one reference, as though at times hearing Nick and Norah (no pun intended) was near impossible, but yet at other points it was fine. The 5.1 Dolby Digital mix does the job, but it’s not as perfect as it could have been.



.::OVERALL::.

Nick & Norah really surprised me. The film is rather light-hearted fun, with a few serious overtones to it and flows perfectly. The special features are huge for the film, and the audio and video are just peachy as well. Did I just use peachy to describe a movie? I’m turning emo... anyways. This is worth a buy, as it can be watched again and again. This is one playlist to put on repeat.