The title of “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” practically tells the whole story. It’s about boy falling for a girl over an endless indie soundtrack. We’ve heard this one before, right?
Michael Cera plays Nick, another awkward soft-spoken teenager who looks as harmless as Bambi and Kat Dennings is Norah, his spunky, dark-haired love-interest.
But what you might not expect from Peter Sollett’s film are the cameos from prominent “Saturday Night Live” cast members. Seth Meyers makes out with a chick in a Yugo while Andy Samberg plays a homeless dude camped outside St. Patrick Cathedral. The only thing “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” seems to be missing is Bill Hader, or rather, his alter-ego, Stefon.
Stefon will tell you that New York’s hottest club is “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” Director Peter Sollett and screenplay writer Lorene Scafaria have built a world between the puke-ridden streets of New York City’s indie nightlife. Based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s book and with lines like, “10 men a-streaking, 1980s dancing, eight trainers training, seven flies and zipping, six extra stitches, five tight gigs, four crunched hens, three French men, two turtle dreams and a darg in my panties,” this place has EVERYTHING: kidnappings, barfing, a yellow Yugo, super-bitches, douche bags, gaylords, uni-boobs, gum-filled kisses, a fistful of assholes, canaries in skinny jeans, an alter boy with no pants and — is that Jesus? No, it’s “Midnight X: Oh Horny Night,” an all-male Christmas drag show in the middle of May.
Although “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers may have some reservations about this place, Stefon wouldn’t mind Nick’s company: Thom (Aaron Yoo) and Dev (Rafi Gavron), two gay boys who make up the other third of Nick’s band The Jerk Offs, who aid in Nick’s quest to get the girl.
“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” isn’t special. We’ve heard this soundtrack before — quirkier in “Juno” and funnier on “Saturday Night Live.”
“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” was directed by Peter Sollett and written by Lorene Scafaria. It’s based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s novel.