Nick and Norah compose the perfect mix

Nick and Norah compose the perfect mix

Akshay Agrawal

Nick and Norah’s long night is the perfect movie for teens. Image

If you’re tired of Cupertino’s lack of night life excitement and need some kind of reassurance that there are other cities in the United States where people are still on the move at 4 a.m., “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” is the perfect movie for you.

Set in New York City with what starts out as a search for a popular band’s secret performance, the movie evolves into a story of two teenagers, Nick (Michael Cera) and Norah (Kat Dennings), who end up experiencing a night full of much more than just exploring the streets of NYC.

Cera continues to capture audiences with his amazing comedic timing and delivery with Nick, a senior who continuously makes mixtapes in hopes he will win back his ex-girlfriend, Tris. Unbeknownst to him, these mixtapes are being trashed by Tris but picked up from trash cans by Norah, who considers the creator of these playlists her “musical soulmate.”

Cera successfully continues to make films where his character is the slightly-awkward-but-lovable-boy, just like his last performance as Paulie Bleeker in 2007’s “Juno”; his characters are easy for the audience to fall in love and empathize with. And if Dennings hadn’t already secured a place in Hollywood’s up-and-coming list of young actresses, this movie is sure to bump her up a couple notches. She pulls off a wonderful performance as Norah, the independent girl who is much more beautiful than she believes.

Filled with just about every scene that would entertain a high schooler viewer in this light romantic comedy (finding “Jesus,” watching a performance in a flamboyant nightclub, terrible parallel parking, a horribly wasted girl’s trek through NYC, a striptease by a river… need I say more?), the movie flows at a great pace and accomplishes a very complete storyline in its hour and a half run time. Just when you think the movie has reached its “happy ending,” it surprises you with a creative plot twist that never feels forced.

Living up to the way the movie was advertised to audiences, music is a seamless fit that really works. Every song that plays during a scene is the right kind to fit the mood of the scene. There are discussions about music by the characters, and the most climactic scenes are always related to music.

Though the probability of a night like Nick and Norah’s is highly unlikely in real life, the movie is a nice escape that makes it seem possible. Their night is long and filled with complex subtlety regarding each character’s inner battles and challenges they must face through the night. Nick finds himself at a crossroads of figuring out if he is capable of letting go of the past and beginning something new. Norah must come to terms with relationships and the amount of vulnerability she allows herself to show to a stranger with whom she feels a strong connection.

The actions of the characters in the movie are ones that any high schooler could see themselves doing in a similar situation – they often act on impulse and though it backfires in many cases, there is always a way out. They also act with the genuineness and rawness of emotions that viewers can connect to. The strong friendship bonds, the challenging process of learning to love yourself, and the longing for someone who will love you for all your quirks (as Norah puts it so eloquently in the film: “Sometimes you just want to feel special.”) are all very real situations to the viewer and are played out in an accurate manner.

“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” is the perfect film to take your significant other to if you’re looking for a laid-back comedy that isn’t too macho or too girly. It’s also a great movie to watch with a group of friends, and will most likely end up in your DVD collection when it is released.

My only word of advice? If you’re like me and get queasy seeing things like puke, watch this movie on an empty stomach. Or consider bringing a paper bag ala motion sickness bags provided on airplanes. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.