Have you ever counted the weeks, days and hours since you broke up with your boyfriend or girlfriend? It’s been three weeks, two days and 23 hours for Nick. Then he asked the girl standing next to him to be his temporary girlfriend. And thus begins Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
Michael Cera, of Arrested Development and Superbad fame, plays the role of shy, indie-rockin’ kid, Nick, whose special talent is making mix CD’s expressing his broken heart. After playing a gig one fateful night, Nick sees his ex-girl Tris with a new man, but is soon distracted by Kat Dennings’ character, Norah. Alas, the new couple have nothing in common except their taste in music. Still, they manage to run into stripping nuns and an extremely tall Jesus – you know, the usual rites of passage for freshly minted relationships.
“We had some crazy nights filming the movie,” Dennings explained during a phone interview. “Middle of the night, New York City, drunk people throwing around things, yelling at us, wanting us out of their places where they like to be. I understand, I totally understand. I think they’ll be happy though when they see it.”
The onscreen chemistry between Dennings and Cera makes them a lot more relatable, and with their love for improvisation, most of the dialogue was unscripted. “With this movie, we could say whatever we wanted cause the only real story was us getting to know each other,” said Cera.
Oh, and the movie also has a decent soundtrack, as its title would suggest. And if you haven’t already, you can check out the book it was all based on, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
opens in theaters Oct. 3.