Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist: Life is too Short for Boring Music

Remember that phase you had in the mid 2000s, when you wouldn’t leave the house without your Converse and skinny jeans and you would listen to indie-rock bands that start with “the” all day long? Nick and Norah’s infinite playlist will take you right back to those glory days of your late teenage years / early college years. I’ll be damned if this isn’t one of the best soundtracked films of all time…

Nick and Norah’s infinite playlist (2008): Directed by Peter Sollett; 90mins; starring “Broke Girl” Kat Dennings (Thor), Michael Cera (a.k.a the guy who knocked up Juno), Ary Graynor (Celeste & Jesse forever), Alexis Dziena (When in Rome), Jay Baruchel (She’s out of my League).

What’s it about? Music geek Nick just got dumped by his godawful girlfriend Tris. But if he wants to be with his musical soulmate Norah, he must get his head out of his ass before she gets reeled back in by her douchey Ex.

What’s it really about? We should all stop wasting our time with people who do not care about our passions.

Pick if:

  • You want to stay in and have a quiet night with your partner or your friends
  • You’re in the mood for a romance that isn’t sappy and doesn’t take itself too seriously (i.e. one that does without grand gestures and those cringe-worthy speeches where people ist all the tiny little details they love about the other person in a public space “I love the way you pick spinach out of your teeth” – cheers mate!)
  • You love indie music
  • You’ve recently been dumped and need a feel-good movie to lift your spirits and give you hope
  • You loved the book by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, or their other brainchild Naomi and Ely’s No-Kiss List
  • You have a soft spot for geeks – remember: it’s infinitely cooler to respect other people’s passion than to make fun of them
  • You are rooting for people who are overlooked and neglected by those they look up to the most
  • You’ve ever had a crazy night out with your friends (in New York City) where one of you got embarassingly hammered, someone got lost, somebody puked and you all ended the night by induldging in the kind of disgustingly unhealthy junk food you wouldn’t touch while sober- this film will bring back lots of memories for you

Most memorable quote: “The Beatles, they had it all figured out, you know? The first single ‘I want to hold your hand’ -it’s brilliant! That’s what everybody wants! They don’t want some 24-hour hump sesh, they don’t want to be married to you for a hundred years. They just want to hold your hand.”

Most memorable scene:  At the club, Nick and Norah’s favourite song, “Lover” by Devendra Banhart, comes on and they both start to dance goofily with their hands.

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