Back in my day, we had films like The Breakfast Club, Say Anything and even Footloose to serve as the Gen X cinematic calling card. Today's teens have Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. Although the styles, music and curfews may have changed, the thrill of young love (and angst) remains the same.
Nick (Michael Cera) is cooler than your average teen, because he plays in a mostly gay punk band, makes the most excellent mixed CDs, and uses The Cure's "Boys Don’t Cry" as his ringtone. After he gets dumped by one of the cast-offs from Mean Girls (Alexis Dziena), he heads out on a boy-band's night out, in search of favorite group Where's Fluffy? During the quest, he comes across straight-edge sweetie Norah (Kat Dennings), who has a complex despite being an emo boy's wet dream. The two soon bond over a love for hip music and the need to track down Norah's drunken friend (Ari Graynor), who spends the night stumbling around town and, at one point, fishing her gum out of a puke-filled toilet.
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That gum has surely seen some better days, but not a better image transfer. The 1.85:1 format provides a lot of great little details, in the clubs, on the street, and even on the ladies' room floor. A lot of the film is dark (cool kids don't wear bright colors!), but the sharp image is as sweet as this love story.
Without the music, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is basically the story of a nerdy kid that drives a Yugo. Of course, the film uses its TrueHD 5.1 audio track very well. You will be able to catch a few details out on the street, but it's really the music as well as the on-screen club bands that allow the technology to shine. Also, big ups for having Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh score the film's soundtrack. Can you get cooler than that?
Fans of the movie won't be disappointed in the disc's many extras, which include cast interviews, the ability to chat with friends, and a puppet show. However, one of the best features is "Nick & Norah's Interactive Playlist," which allows viewers to create and share favorite songs from the movie. Did I mention the movie is all about music?
Not everyone will appreciate Nick or Norah's night to remember, and they shouldn't. If you can't belt out a few bars from bands such as Vampire Weekend and Bishop Allen, you probably aren't the target audience anyway. Do something nice for the kids and buy them a Blu-ray for once, ya cheap old bastard!
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