Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Directed by Peter Sollett
Two teens fall in love over one long night in the city that never sleeps.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist strives to capture “what it’s like to be young right now,” said A.O. Scott in The New York Times. The “shy, sweet romance” follows two high school seniors (Michael Cera and Kat Dennings) through a single night on Manhattan’s Lower East Side as they discover that they share a love for the same music—and each other. Director Peter Sollett is both smart and respectful of his audience. The film stays within PG-13 limits but is “calmly candid about what adolescents do and say, sexually and otherwise, in the age of ‘Too Much Information’ and ‘Friends With Benefits.’” Too bad Sollett takes such a low-key, leisurely approach, said Stephanie Zacharek in Salon.com. Nick & Norah itself often “seems to be locked in a kind of adolescence.” The overly cute movie—and its characters—could use a little more action, conflict, and adventure. That would make it a different film, and a worse one, said David Ansen in Newsweek. This is one of those films whose “genuine, unforced sweetness” shouldn’t be hurried.
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