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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

Kat Dennings, Michael Cera, ... | MICHAEL CERA, ARI GRAYNOR, AND KAT DENNINGS
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MICHAEL CERA, ARI GRAYNOR, AND KAT DENNINGS

Details Limited Release: Oct 03, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 90 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Michael Cera and Kat Dennings; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

In Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Michael Cera (Juno) and Kat Dennings (The 40 Year-Old Virgin) play two high school seniors who fall for each other over the course of a single night, as they traverse lower Manhattan in search of a secret late-night concert put on by their favorite indie-rock band. The film is populated with teenagers, and it does go for laughs—but be careful about calling it a ''teen comedy.'' ''I don't really think of it as a movie about being a teenager,'' says Cera, whose character, Nick, is a Yugo-driving aspiring rocker recently dumped by his girlfriend (Alexis Dziena). ''It's just about that feeling you get when you meet someone you like one night, and how you run the risk of easily losing touch with them forever.'' Dennings agrees. ''Yeah, there's always that threat in this movie,'' she says. ''They don't know each other's last names, and might not even meet again on Facebook!''

If the stars make Nick & Norah's sound more like Before Sunrise than your typical—forgive us, Mr. Cera—teen fare, that's fine by director Peter Sollett (who was lauded for his indie feature debut, 2002's Raising Victor Vargas). ''A lot of teen films take place in a polished, nonspecific environment, where characters are archetypes at best and stereotypes at worst, and you come out of them feeling like you've read a comic book about what it is to be a certain age in America,'' Sollett says. ''We wanted to try to be more honest to real life.''
OUR TWO CENTS Right now we'd watch Cera in just about anything, Dennings is a promising up-and-comer, and we sure liked Before Sunrise a lot, too. 10/3
DEEP DIVE Although Cera claims he's not that big into music (''Lately I’ve just been listening to books on tape in my car''), the iTunes store lists Dr. Dog, Weezer, and Cher & Sonny on his celebrity playlist.

Originally posted Aug 13, 2008 Published in issue #1007-1008 Aug 22, 2008 Order article reprints