Top marks for its wonderful soundtrack, but the storyline's pretty much your typical boy meets girl and their tussle with the affairs of their hearts, one reeling from a bad breakup, while the other one's pretty much being used and realizes so. Nick (Michael Cera) and Norah (Kat Dennings) are total strangers who hook it up one night at a crowded pub through Fate, and soon they find themselves spending an incredible one night together painting the town red with their conversation and two quests to keep them occupied - one in search of the secret performance venue of their favourite band, and the other to look for Norah's drunken friend who had wandered off.
Michael Cera is in danger of being typecast as your typical meek geek given his turns in Juno and Superbad, both which won him recognition amongst the new generation of audiences, though I guess it is about time to get himself out of the pigeon hole. Kat Dennings plays her role pretty much like a distant cousin of Juno with her street wise and sharp tongue, while I thought Alexis Dziena had a field day with her jealous ex-girlfriend role stuck in the mindset that nobody else should have a go at her ex-boyfriend, and for some perverse reason of wanting to play with his feelings.
Otherwise, this is as straight forward a romantic teenage comedy can be, and draws its laughs from the usual pool of gay and toilet humour, one which is pretty gross and all I can say is that it involves an object that you'd come to expect being passed around one way or another, to contribute to a running joke. It may not be an instant classic, but its soundtrack is indeed a force to be reckoned with. Hail indie bands!
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For those curious, here are the more mainstream tunes that would definitely make it to mine, sentimental bastard that I am: