Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List: A beautiful Love Letter to Friendship

Life is so much easier with true friends by your side: if you’re looking for a film that celebrates friendship, love, and all the nuances in between, look no further: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List is the perfect film to watch with your BFF.

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List (2015): Directed by Kristin Hanggi; running-time 1h 29mins; starring Victoria Justice (Victorious, The First Time, Eye Candy) Pierson Fode, Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters), Ryan Ward,  Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Monique Coleman (Highschool Musical).

What’s it about? Childhood neighbours Naomi and Ely would be the world’s greatest couple, if only Ely wasn’t gay – a fact Naomi has never been able to fully accept. Their bond is tested when Ely falls for the guy Naomi is seeing, thereby violating the rules of the BFFs “No Kiss List”.

What’s it really about? The messy, intimate, yet entirely non-sexual love affair between a boy and a girl who are still very much trying to figure out their hearts and sexuality.

Pick if:

  • You’re looking for a film to watch with your best friend
  • You’re in the mood for a light-hearted modern-day love story
  • You enjoyed Nick & Norah’s infinite playlist : Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List is based on a novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, who also wrote the book that Nick & Norah was adapted from
  • You like indie music: Like Nick & Norah, Naomi & Ely also boasts a great indie music soundtrack, including artists like Stars, Liz Labelle and Imaginary Future (see Magic Music Moment below).
  • You feel like watching a movie on your own that’ll make you (re-) evaluate the relationships in your life
  • You’re tired of seeing the same faces over and over again: Naomi and Ely stars newcomers Pierson Fode, Matthew Daddario and Ryan Ward (non of whom are hard to look at FYI)
  • You want to watch a movie about New York that is flattering to the city in a similar way (though less glamourous and glittery) that Sex and the City was: like Carrie and her friends, Naomi and Ely have a few select go-to spots, like the famed Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker Street, or Yaffa Café near St Mark’s Square in the East Village. More importantly, as authentic 21st century New Yorkers, the twosome never ventures above 14th Street, which is a real phenomenon among New Yorker’s (once when I was helping out at a photo shoot in SoHo, I overheard the stylist saying to one of the make-up artists “I sometimes wonder what my life would have turned out like, if I hung out above 23rd Street”), most notably those that live in the West Village, or Greenwich Village because, let’s be honest, why *would* they ever leave their neighbourhood? It’s the BEST!
  • You’ve ever fallen out with a close friend. You’ll be able to relate to Naomi and Ely’s pain and struggle because you know that breaking up with a friend can be just as messy and painful as breaking up with somebody you are romantically involved with
  • If you’ve ever had confusing feelings for a close friend (of the opposite sex)

Most memorable quote: “It’s bullshit to think of friendship and romance as being different. They’re not. They’re just variations of the same love, the same desire to be close. And like any love it’s difficult, awesome, treacherous, exhilarating, confusing, and precious. It’s a total lie to say that there’s only one special person you’re gonna be with for the rest of your life. If you’re lucky and if you try really hard, there’s always gonna be more than one.”

Most memorable scene: After their fall-out, Naomi and Ely meet in their favourite café to return each other’s belongings. Still upset by his betrayal, Naomi refuses to speak to him, even though it is tearing her up inside. Ely starts to cry, then takes off, leaving behind a sobbing Naomi.

Magic Music Moment: ***********SPOILER*************
Naomi and Gabriel walk along Central Park West after their picnic in the park. Gabriel confesses to having had a crush on Naomi ever since his first day as a doorman at her apartment. As they share their first kiss, “Love is Beginning” by Imaginary Future starts to play.

Where can I watch? Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List is available for streaming on Netflix Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and the US, as well as Amazon and iTunes.

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