October 16th, 2008


Yes Ernest, I Do Know What You Mean

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is so incredibly "Indie" that I now have contracted hemophilia from watching this movie. From their names both starting with the same letter, to the quirky film title, to the fact that it takes place all in one night; the music, the concerts, the high school kids, the one really drunk girl, the cameos from credible "Indie" actors, the whole Wounded Guy Spurned By Cheating Girlfriend Seeks Impossibly Cool Even Hotter Girlfriend Who Has Impossibly Excellent Taste In Music And Says Impossibly Timely & Witty Things Even Though She's Just A Non-Preggo Version Of Juno, Last Year's Incredibly "Indie" Flick Of The Moment That Was Slightly Less Soulless & Corporate & Hoping To Cash In On The Previous Year's Even More Popular "Indie" Flick.

It's a downward cycle and everyone involved deserves to be quite ashamed of the product they've let escape on screen.

First of all, let's just get this out of the way: This Isn't A Comedy. It's a "Coming Of Age" story. It's a love story. It's an urban adventure story with random plot twists. It's got Michael Cera playing Michael Cera and it's got a super-hot, super-cool chick playing his new love-interest. There's a lot of this going around. At least Juno was different in that the girl was the main character and she seemed to have at least a LITTLE bit of heart. I could care less about any of these people.

The whole thing is such a fucking fairy tale it makes me want to puke. It's like the Hipster "Enchanted". There's a reason 27 year olds don't go to see movies like this - because for most of us, we've never had this tragically magical night. We've never started the day bemoaning the fact that we just got dumped and ended it by fucking Miss Perfect inside the recording studio at Electric Lady in Manhattan! This shit doesn't exist in real life; it comes from board meetings where 30-somethings sit around imagining what their high school years consisted of; except they didn't. Nobody's did.

Just because it has 1/9th of Arrested Development doesn't mean you need to see this movie! Lots of people really liked the show 'Friends' too; did you see what happened when you split them all up and gave them all movie deals? Watered the fuck down, that's what happens. The Beatles? Pretty great band most people would say. Can you name five songs aside from "Imagine" that they did as solo artists? Of course not. Michael Cera was fucking brilliant as George Michael Bluth. Since then, he's been in three pretty prominent movies (Superbad, Juno, N&N) and one pretty obscure Internet series (Clark and Michael) where he has expanded the role of George Michael Bluth. In one of them he gets drunk, in one he knocks up Maeby, in one he just fucks Maeby the first night he meets her, and in one he's trying to get famous. You know who else played the same character over and over in various situations of various amounts of comedy? Jim fucking Varney as Ernest P. Worrell.

Michael Cera Goes To Jail!
Michael Cera Saves Christmas!
Michael Cera In The Army!
Slam Dunk Michael!

I'd like to think the dude could have a legitimate acting career, but let's face it, he's two more films away from wearing a denim vest and a beige hat, calling the camera man Vern.