Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
Remember Garden State, the Zach Braff/Natalie Portman dramedy from 2004? That movie could be to blame for a lot of hipster romances. After all, it featured a kooky guy, an even kookier girl and a soundtrack that could be heard in Urban Outfitters stores near and far. But for non-hipsters, a lot of it seemed like too much.
Alas, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, a wonderfully sweet love story, will give both hipsters and non-hipsters the warm fuzzies. The movie follows heartbroken Nick (the adorably awkward Michael Cera) who heads into Manhattan for the evening for a gig with his band. There he meets Norah (Philadelphia native Kat Dennings from The 40 Year Old Virgin), a classmate who has crushed on him from afar, joined by her perpetually drunk BFF Caroline (Ari Graynor).
After the show, Nick and Norah, under the watchful jealous eye of Nick's bitchy ex-girlfriend Tris (Alexis Dziena), take off into the night in search of their mutual favorite band. The evening is a where's where of Manhattan hotspots. The burgeoning lovebirds have Tris on their tail and eventually get detailed to find the lost and intoxicated Caroline.While it's fun to take the ride through the Big Apple with Nick and Norah in a crappy yellow car, it's more fun to watch these two fall in love. It's the first romantic comedy in a long time in which the characters feel genuine.
Though it occasionally ventures too far into hipsterdom (the movie will be a lost cause for anyone over 30), it has far too many vomit jokes for its own good and its playlist won't live on forever in the way High Fidelity's might, Nick and Norah is still one of the more relatable onscreen love stories. Even if it won't break any new cinematic ground, you can only hope it brings the real Nick and Norahs of the world together.