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If you liked "Juno", you'll like this.
on 18 April 2010
"Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" is from the same vein of slightly alternative teen movies as "Juno"- more rich and characterised than most teen movies but still very much a coming-of-age story about complicated young relationships and all that stuff, set against a background of 'hip' indie music. It's not quite as bleak as "Juno" gets in parts though.
Michael Cera is perfect (perhaps just playing himself?) is the kid who's halfway between geek-cool and geek-uncool, still struggling to get over being dumped. Kat Dennings is great as the wallflower struggling to get noticed next to her outrageous friends and her famous Dad's shadow.
The highlight from a broad supporting cast is Ari Graynor as the incredibly drunk liability Caroline, who is on her own middle-of-the-night adventure lost in the city for much of the film.
The DVD is packed with extras. There's all the usual stuff in abundance- outtakes, alternative takes (including some funny improv bits), two commentaries, a fake interview. The best extra though is the one in which Kat Dennings wiggles cut-out drawings of each character to tell the whole story of the movie in 5 minutes, throwing in a grizzly bear and doing all the voices. Every single movie should have a 5-minute cut-out version as an extra, it's hilarious.
Not maybe as worthy as "Juno" but a very strong film.