Why we’re adding “Nick and Norah’s” to our playlists

A well-traveled piece of gum

“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” is as delicious as the long-lasting flavor of a well-traveled piece of gum.

While I don’t usually share my gum, one piece makes it from the original owner, throughout the cast and back to the original owner, all in the duration of the movie. The gum’s adventure makes up only a fraction of Nick and Norah’s night in New York City as they search for the venue in which their favorite Indie band, “Where’s Fluffy,” is playing.

Throughout the movie, the cast is put in relatable and funny situations that keep the laughs coming. When drunk people, Jesus, drag queens, Yugos and good music come together, you can certainly expect the unexpected – “Nick and Norah’s” delivers.

– Robert Checkal

The music rocks

In the words of Will Ferrell playing Alex Trebek, “Simply stunning.”

“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” captivates the audience with outstanding underground music and complex teenage love drama.

Kat Dennings (Norah), a realistic “normal” Juno – meaning Juno without all the confusing pop punk references and less sarcastic comments. Norah is deep and complex as she makes her way through the awkward transition of teenager to adult.

Michael Cera (Nick) is a combination of Paulie Bleaker and Evan of “Superbad.” While it helps that he is the same actor, his character is the same lovesick, confused teenager with crazy friends that he usually plays.

Alexis Dziena plays Tris, the ex-girlfriend necessary for all love stories. Dziena’s young, innocent physical appearance however, doesn’t fit her character’s promiscuous personality.

Nick’s bandmates, played by Aaron Yoo and Rafi Gavron, and Norah’s best friend, played by Ari Graynor, are the comic relief. Funny twists and turns happen throughout the movie, making Nick and Norah’s adventure even more thrilling.

Overall, the movie is very successful in entertaining and pleasing the audience. The New York City background and music scene is the perfect place for this infinite night to play out. The ending leaves viewers satisfied and excited about life. And of course, the music is spectacular.

– Pamela Crimbchin

So much better than ‘Juno’

When you see “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” (and trust me when I say you want to see it), you’re going to want to say “Oh, it’s just like ‘Juno’ – only better.”

In reality, only part of that statement is true – it is so much better than “Juno.”

The only similarities the two movies have is Michael Cera (Nick), who plays the semi-heartbroken, inexplicably attractive, male protagonist in this movie.

After his relationship ends with his girlfriend (on his “b-day”), he is left spiraling into sorrow and mix CDs. He is saved only by his two best friends, his favorite band and Kat Dennings (Norah).

Dennings plays the stereotypical “teenage girl trying to find love in all the wrong guys that want to use her to get to her daddy.” That is, until Norah meets Nick, and their adventure begins.

Cera and Dennings deliver phenomenal performances, but if they didn’t have their supporting cast, the movie would be lucky to have a rating of mediocre. They have their share of great one-liners, but it is the rest of the cast who make “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” infinitely hilarious. Nick’s gay bandmates and Norah’s constantly drunk best friend fill the gaps between the witty dialogue of Nick and Norah.

There really is no other movie that compares to “Nick and Norah’s.” Possibly, if “Garden State” and “Juno” got together to have a super-movie lovechild and set it to an abundance of great underground music, then it might come close.

This movie probably won’t change your life in the long run, but for the 90 minutes you spend watching it, you will immerse yourself into trying to find love, great music and drunken friends.

“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” is definitely a must see, then a must see again and again.

– Nicole Aikens

It’ll be good again and again

“Nick and Norah’s” is a charming, light-hearted comedy that transcends movie tastes.

It dips into romantic comedy, without being a “chick flick” and is funny without being crude.

The casting for the film was brilliant. Michael Cera (Nick) plays the usual, awkwardly funny character we’ve come to love in films like “Superbad” and “Juno.” Kat Dennings (Norah) was witty, but still very likable. The way the actors related to the script was true perfection.

Nick’s gay bandmates and Norah’s “drunk-as-a-skunk” friend provide a great deal of laughs – laughs that don’t let up from the beginning of the movie. I never thought a scene involving a turkey sandwich could be so funny.

Although predictable at times, “Nick and Norah’s” is entertaining in all aspects – a great movie with a funny script and awesome underground music.

When I watch movies, I tend to classify them into three categories – movies that I will never want to watch again, movies that are truly great but I’ll probably need to be in the mood to watch them later and comfort movies that I could watch anytime. For me, “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” is one of those movies I could come back to again and again.

– Denise Wright