Have you ever had a night when you were young and hung out with your friends in a big city for one specific thing, and it turned into an all night adventure where you met strange, interesting, funny, and dangerous people; and no matter how strange things became, it was fun and exciting and everything turned out all right, and it would be one of those nights you’d never forget?   That is what “Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist” is.

Playing Nick is Michael Cera, and playing Norah is Kat Dennings; and both show great chemistry from the time they first meet all the way to the end of the movie.  Nick and Norah start off as strangers who have two things in common: they both like an elusive, indie band called “Where’s Fluffy?” and they  know a girl named Tris (played by Alexis Dziena).   Dziena is the ex-girlfriend of Cera, and she is also the frenemy of Dennings at her Catholic school.

As for “Where’s Fluffy?”, that band is the reason Cera and Dennings are in Manhattan, along with their respective entourages of friends.  They are both desperate to see this band; but they have to earn it by finding clues all over Manhattan as to where this band will be playing later on that night.  As if that wasn’t enough of a headache, Cera is still heartbroken over Dziena; and even though meeting Dennings livens up Cera a bit, Dziena is quick to douse the sparks she sees between Cera and Dennings — not because she still likes Cera, but because she’s one of those wenches who doesn’t like it when another girl likes the guy she threw away.  Further complicating the search for “Where’s Fluffy?” and the budding romance between Cera and Dennings is Dennings’ best friend getting wasted and lost in Manhattan.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” is something I definitely can not relate to, but found it funny as hell: Dennings’ best friend is drunk and lost in Manhattan, and she finds herself in a bathroom stall in Penn Station.  She gets a call from Dennings on her cell phone, and drops the phone into a toilet that looks like it has a strong mixture of vomit and feces in it.  Then she drops her gum in the toilet.  After hesitating for a few seconds, she reaches into the bowl holding the toxic mixture of bodily waste and fishes out  her cell phone and her gum!  She puts the gum back in her mouth and starts chewing!  Absolutely gross and funny!

I very much enjoyed watching this movie, not because it was a great story; but because it felt good.   It reminded me of those times I went to Manhattan at night with friends, and had some interesting and fun nights.  It reminded me of when I was younger, and the energy of Manhattan had a hold of me and kept calling me back.  I can still hear its calls, but they are faint now.  The open roads have a stronger voice, wanting me to get into my red machine and fly…and I usually listen.

M

 

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