Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist

At Phillips Academy, it’s hard to escape the work, the pressure and the stress. As a Senior working through my college applications and regular school assignments, I’d be the first to admit that I count down the days until every weekend. While every weekend is certainly not as exciting as I might hope, there’s always the chance that something spontaneous and fun could happen on a Saturday night. Directed by up-and-coming director, Peter Sollett, “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” follows a group of teens as they live out the crazy night we all wish we could have. Depressed and lonely, Nick (Michael Cera), is still obsessed with his cheating ex, Tris (Alexis Dziena). Although he could mope around his house, making indie rock mix tapes and staring at photos of Tris all day long, his friends and fellow band members force him to perform gigs in a grungy, underground New York club. Meanwhile, Norah (Kat Dennings) can’t seem to get a boyfriend. She is too shy and too busy looking after her drunken friends to play the field. However, when Norah goes to see Nick’s band perform one night, the two find themselves brought together, trying to make it through a crazy midnight romp around New York City. One thing leads to another, and soon, Nick and Norah are driving around the city looking for Norah’s drunk, lost friend and their favorite band, “Where’s Fluffy?” As the night quickly becomes more and more chaotic, Nick and Norah begin to realize that they may have feelings for one another. At first glance, “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” looks like your typical indie teen fare–boy meets girl, boy and girl go through the best night ever, boy and girl fall for each other. At its core, it’s really as simple as that. However, there’s a certain awkward charm to the whole movie that makes it unique. The movie isn’t going for over-the-top antics or too much crude humor. Instead, “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” is actually somewhat smart. The whole story manages to be clever and charming while still maintaining its sense of humor. However, “Nick and Norah” isn’t always consistent. Unlike the rest of the movie, the beginning comes across as contrived and trite. It begins on such an unoriginal note that it’s very off-putting. It isn’t until midway through the film that “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” hits its stride and evolves into something much more unique and comfortable. Everything from the acting to the scripting improves drastically by the middle and allows for this possible flop to end on a good note. The only thing that’s constantly great throughout the entire movie is the soundtrack. “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” promises some sweet tracks and doesn’t fail to deliver. If you’re frustrated by the mediocre beginning, you can at least listen to some great music while you wait for the story to improve. “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” might not be entirely consistent, but it is nonetheless thoroughly entertaining. Get through the beginning, and you’ll be rewarded with a more than satisfying second act. And, if this teen love story isn’t your cup of tea, check out the solid soundtrack. While “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” might not be as epic and crazy fun as the story suggests, it’s at least a great way to spend a few hours. Grade: 4