MOVIES: ‘Nick and Norah’s‘ mixtape love

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“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” follows a group of New York City teenagers over the course of a night as they traverse their city trying to track down a performance by Where’s Fluffy? a mysterious hipster band.

Nick (Kat Dennings).

Norah, Tris and their drunken friend Caroline (Ari Graynor) head into the city trying to find out where the secret performance of Where’s Fluffy? will be held. Their first stop happens to be in the club where Nick and his band are playing. After an initial awkward meeting, Nick and Norah strike out together to find Fluffy and, later, to find Caroline, who has wandered off in a drunken stupor.

“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” is in large part a New York City travelogue seen through the eyes of its young people. The teenagers run around Bowery Ballroom; by the end of the night, Caroline is screaming her love for the city.

But the heart of the movie lies in Nick and Norah’s budding relationship. Although a comedy, and one rife with hilarious moments, it’s a strikingly heartfelt flick. Heightening the emotional quotient is a pitch-perfect soundtrack chock full of tracks from such bands as the National and Vampire Weekend.

Mr. Cera is excellent as the introverted musician pining over the girl he can’t have; Miss Dennings is equally good as the girl that snaps him out of his crush. Miss Graynor may steal the movie, however - everyone gets a kick out of a hilarious drunken girl. Throw in fun cameos from Kevin Corrigan, and you have one of the best casts of any comedy this year.

★★★

TITLE: “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”

RATING: PG-13 (mature thematic material including teen drinking, sexuality, language and crude behavior)

CREDITS: Directed by Peter Sollett

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

WEB SITE: www.sonypictures.com/movies/nickandnorah

MAXIMUM RATING: FOUR STARS

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