Nick & Norah’s walked so Netflix teen rom-coms might run.

Once I look again at films that undoubtedly modified my life as a teen, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is on the high of the checklist.

There are such a lot of issues about it that made a huge effect. For starters, it has an excellent soundtrack, that includes bands and artists that I beloved on the time, like Vampire Weekend, Bishop Allen, and Devendra Banhart.


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Plus, Kat Dennings was the primary fellow curvy lady I noticed onscreen and it gave me a glimmer of hope that an lovable nerd like Michael Cera can be into me. (Fortunate for teen me, grownup me has dated many guys who’re the Michael Cera sort.)

However now that I am an grownup dwelling in New York Metropolis, I needed to see how a lot it truly holds up. So, I am watching Nick & Norah’s for the primary time in maturity.

I am 50 seconds in and as somebody who’s a music journalist on the facet, I am geeking out over the Merge Information sticker on the turntable. Nick has good style!

Can we simply take a second to debate Nick’s posters? Dinosaur Jr.! Magnetic Fields! Caribou! Arcade Hearth! Buzzcocks! I really feel 16 once more.

Let’s take a peek at his combined CD tracklist. It is blurry however there’s The Treatment (talked about later within the film from what I bear in mind), The Nationwide (!!!), Band of Horses (a band I briefly favored in highschool), Bishop Allen (a band I undoubtedly favored in highschool), The place’s Fluffy (the fictional band that kickstarts this complete love story), and Morningwood (the particular wildcard of the bunch).

As somebody who was compelled to put on a faculty uniform from preschool to highschool, seeing Norah in her uniform is de facto taking me again.

So, I had utterly forgotten about this however Norah fell in love with Nick earlier than assembly him as a result of he made his ex Tris some fairly nice combined CDs. The ability of a tremendous playlist!

Oh my god, the art work is unimaginable! OK, I get it. I’d undoubtedly fall in love with somebody because of their detailed combined CDs.

So Nick’s depressed as a result of his ex-girlfriend, Tris, broke up with him and now he would not wish to play a present opening for Bishop Allen.

I get that it is annoying that he looks like bailing, however it’s not cool to say this to a good friend who’s depressed:

I can not cope with Nick’s response!

I am sorry, however it feels completely wild to me that they are discovering out concerning the The place’s Fluffy present by the radio and never by social media. However hey, it is 2008 in spite of everything.

Everybody’s freaking out over The place’s Fluffy’s present. However why? I nonetheless do not know in the event that they’re presupposed to be an LCD Soundsystem-level band or only a actually cool obscure band that solely sure children are tremendous keen about.

A venue I acknowledge! Arlene’s Grocery! So these Jersey children are heading to town to attempt to discover this band. No parental permission wanted. Cool!

I simply wish to know the way they received such reasonable faux IDs!

And guess who’s taking part in Arlene’s Grocery as an alternative of The place’s Fluffy!

Norah is certainly into Michael Cera’s complete DIY boy shtick.

Nick’s ex, Tris, went all the best way to his present simply to torture him by letting a brand new man kiss her neck. She’s actually dedicated to being absolutely the worst.

OK, I hate her. How dare you insult a goddess like Kat Dennings?!

That is the premise of most Netflix teen films so it is forward of its time.

That is completely disgusting however I additionally must know each element of how Ari Graynor filmed this scene.

Ari Graynor, who I refuse to name by simply her first title as a result of she is a legend, deserved an Oscar for this glorious drunk efficiency.

The Bishop Allen cameo is giving me the identical vibes because the Rooney episode from The OC. Truthfully, not mad at it!

OK, so Nick’s associates appear candy however can we simply discuss how Dev is handing a teenage lady a “attractive” bra so she’ll impress his good friend? Bizarre! Not cool! I do not care that Nick’s associates are homosexual, that is simply plain creepy.

Additionally, why does he have an entire field of bras? And the way do they by some means magically match her?

Caroline is that one messy good friend on an evening out and I find it irresistible a lot.

I am sorry, however I refuse to imagine New Yorkers would give any fucks a couple of drunk lady unlocking a automotive.

Properly, I suppose no less than the bra did the trick.

Sure, that is Seth Meyers tonguing Lorene Scafaria! Enjoyable truth: Lorene wrote the Nick & Norah’s script!

So Norah has to decide on between going to an Ivy League or having a job (working for her dad’s report label, no much less). Lady, go to highschool! Are you kidding me?! The job shall be there!

Seeing them head to Bowery Ballroom is de facto making me miss reveals. Keep in mind reveals? Keep in mind life pre-pandemic? Enjoyable instances.

NOOOOO! Nick’s cringey breakup voice recording from the combined CD began taking part in. So mortifying.

Norah went to the lavatory at Bowery and located the primary The place’s Fluffy clue! However wait, is Brooklyn Pool presupposed to be Union Pool? They might undoubtedly not be allowed there in the event that they’re underneath 21 – irrespective of what number of trade connections Norah has. They’re STRICT!

Union – errr Brooklyn Pool is now on maintain as a result of Caroline determined to leap out of Nick’s associates’ van.

Caroline is my favourite drunk character. Her convincing a random man (a Kevin Corrigan cameo!) to provide her his sandwich and making him maintain her gum at Port Authority is iconic.

The phone-gum-vomit in rest room scene is likely one of the most disgusting issues I’ve ever seen however it’s completely unimaginable.

They could not discover Caroline in order that they’re lastly going to Brooklyn!

It nonetheless feels extraordinarily weird when somebody in a film visits my native haunts. I can’t recover from how they’re at UNION FREAKIN’ POOL. In case you don’t have any thought why that is completely hilarious to most New Yorkers, this The Minimize piece explains it. Principally, it is the messy hookup spot the place you make all of your unhealthy selections after hours. (And drunkenly eat tacos – cannot overlook the tacos.)

I spot Jay Baruchel! He performs Norah’s horrible on-and-off boyfriend, Tal.

Ah sure, if you are going to be kissed by the man who you are undecided in case you’re courting or not, Union Pool’s the place for it to occur.

I had utterly forgotten John Cho is on this film!

Unhealthy information: The place’s Fluffy isn’t at Union Pool. Excellent news: this man is extraordinarily into no matter’s happening.

Tris and Norah are having a showdown at a bodega and apparently it is a large deal if you have not had an orgasm at 17. 17!!! Who even is aware of what they’re doing within the bed room at that age?

Oh look, it is Devendra Banhart, chiming in on youngsters’ dialog about orgasms.

I nonetheless cannot inform if Devendra’s taking part in himself however the thick Russian accent is a *alternative.* (Devendra is half-Venezuelan and undoubtedly not Russian, fwiw.)

Caroline discovered Jesus. Happy with her!

Apparently Jesus is way taller in particular person.

They’re now going to a Christmas-themed drag present to get Caroline. It isn’t even winter!

After all, Caroline is the Christmas tree.

Nick wiping off Caroline’s vomit spittle from Norah’s hand with a Handi-Wipe is by some means erotic. What is occurring?!

Nick simply left Norah to go discuss to Tris and provides her a journey. Large mistake. HUGE!

I deeply (but embarrassingly) relate to Norah calling up Tal after Nick ended up leaving her behind to be together with his ex.

Alright, it is necessary to deal with that Nick is whistling to Modest Mouse’s “Little Motel,” a really unhappy breakup track, whereas his ex is attempting to seduce him along with her foot. It is painfully awkward however it by some means works.

IT’S HIS ALBUM!! SO SHE CAN GIVE IT TO HER DAD!! RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is probably the most awkward boob-fondling I’ve ever seen.

To make issues extra awkward, Tris simply decides to bop to “You Attractive Factor.” It is presupposed to be seductive however it’s tremendous cringey.

Nick is so rattling confused.

He simply drove off with out Tris! She partially deserves it however she’s additionally a teenage lady stranded late at evening which is fairly tousled!

Nick lastly is aware of what’s good for him and he is having a healthful hangout with Norah.

So Norah’s “secret spot” is Electrical Woman Studios. No large deal!

It is Four a.m. and so they’re all nonetheless trying to find The place’s Fluffy. Here is the factor: New York Metropolis is all the time busy however each venue closes at 4! There’s completely no means it’d go on this late until it is at some DIY venue. It isn’t prefer it’s a rave. So yeah, that would not occur.

Anyway! Caroline’s nonetheless drunk as hell however no less than she found out it is an deal with.

These guys actually risked their lives turning the automotive round to go see a band. You’d suppose this The place’s Fluffy present is LCD Soundsystem’s “final” Madison Sq. Backyard live performance.

Truthfully, that is what each teenage lady hopes to listen to from somebody. I might wish to blame this second for why Michael Cera by accident turned a clumsy celeb crush for a lot of teenagers.

Norah had her orgasm! Nonetheless bizarre that it is given a lot significance.

Unimaginable how they discovered time to hook up AND get to the The place’s Fluffy present on time.

Caroline is by some means okay now and coherent.

Nick’s ex Tris is certainly not pleased he left her stranded.

Tal is there and retains attempting to restrain Norah to have her watch the band with him. It is very tousled. Do not contact her!!!!!!

Awww Norah broke free and she or he’s holding palms with Nick!

They left with out seeing The place’s Fluffy?! Why? Simply…why?

And similar to that, Nick, Norah, and the remainder by no means slept and New York Metropolis did not both!

So, to reply the massive query: Does Nick & Norah’s maintain up properly? Sure! Properly, for probably the most half. There are clearly some questionable features. The bra factor was gross. I additionally extremely doubt most mother and father can be okay with their excessive school-aged children being out in New York Metropolis all evening. If I had gone out till morning in highschool, my mother and father would have undoubtedly known as 911 and thought I might been kidnapped.

However, I will admit that there are nonetheless loads of features of the film that also ring true, like Norah pondering she’s not ok for a man like Nick regardless that she’s even perhaps too good for him. There is a cause why teenage ladies like my youthful self actually recognized with Kat’s character. Plus, the soundtrack continues to be fairly nice!

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