Saturday, October 11, 2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: The Movie

I read Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist back at the very beginning of my blog. If you want to hunt it down (I'm not linking to it because I'm ashamed), you will see that it was a rather negative review. In fact, a very negative review. I didn't like the excessive swearing and sexuality in the book as I felt it wasn't at all needed. 
The movie version of the book has been getting some mediocre reviews. Some reviewers say that it was pieced together weirdly, it tried too hard, it didn't have a definitive plot, etc. And I beg to disagree with those negative reviewers. I went to see the movie with a big group of my friends and we all basically fell in love with it. I think you have to be a teen to enjoy and get the meaning of it. The actors in the movie embody the whole spontaneous shifty chaotic lives of real teens so the movie was really convincing to me. 
I had my doubts with the cast of the lead roles at the beginning of the movie's production, but seeing it all melded together proved to me that Michael Cera and Kat Dennings have some sort of strange chemistry. They actually, to my huge surprise, made me believe they were the Nick and Norah of the book. 
And, also to my surprise, I found that I appreciated the book more after seeing the movie. I kind of have a new found respect for it and will probably go back and reread it eventually so I can absorb it again. It's the kind of book that can be taken in a lot of different ways, and I just think I understood it wrong the first time through.
I'd definitely recommend going to see Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist in theaters. It's funny, convincing, and real. A good movie.


  1. I liked it as well, though not as much as I was hoping I would like it. In a way, it kind of reminded me of Rebel Without a Cause in the sense that a teen's life can change so quickly within just one night, and I really liked that about it.

  2. there were some awkward moments in this movie that were hard to get past... such as every time that gum was re-used (yuck!)

  3. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I have the book, I just have never gotten to finish it. I, like you had, am having a tough time getting past all the swearing and sexuality in it. Not my type of book.

  4. I loved the book so much, and am so excited for the movie- glad to hear your thoughts on it and that you liked the movie! :)

  5. I'll proabably have to wait for it to come out on DVD but now it's def. on my must-see list.

  6. It's interesting that the movie changed your opinion of the book. Usually people hate the movie and glorify the book. Nice to see a little shake up there. :)


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