Thursday, October 09, 2008

Mix Tape

This past weekend, I went to see Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. I wasn't entirely sure I was going to do it; what I had seen from commercials and trailers gave me a "this seems pretty specifically made for teenagers" vibe. But I kept telling myself that it also had Michael Cera in it, and other signs that made me think it might have that sort of Juno and Superbad "but good at times for adults too" vibe. And that second voice won out.

But the first voice was right.

This wasn't an unfunny movie. It generally kept a smile on my face most of the time, and delivered a few big laughs here and there. It was peppered with some entertaining, small cameos from various comedians. It had some good characters and sharp dialogue.

And yet, the whole plot was a pretty simple "two people meant to be? will they? won't they?" sort of affair that never really crackled, and hardly ever even sparked. There was just something pretty boring to me about the story itself, doing little but to hold the jokes.

I couldn't help but feel like if I were 10 to 15 years younger, I might have found a lot more to like in it. But I didn't, and that made me feel even a little older. Which possibly even made me like it less?

Anyway, I rate it a C+.


Anonymous said...

This is one of your most clever entry titles.
Well done, Doctor.


Roland Deschain said...

I don't think you were alone, Dr. In my prolonged chihuahua filled hell at the theatres last weekend, I heard the reaction of "Meh" quite a bit from exiting audiences about N&N. Not that it was bad, just...meh.