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Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Jay Baruchel

Set in high school, Nick is dumped by his girlfriend, Tris. Heartbroken, he continues to make her mixed CDs. She throws them out and her classmate, Norah, fishes them out of the bin. She loves Nick’s taste in music, even if Tris doesn’t appreciate it. When Nick and Norah finally meet, they connect, but Nick’s head is still full of Tris and winning her back. His band mates decide to help him see that Norah is a better match for him than Tris ever was. They spend all night on the town together looking for a band and a drunken, lost friend, forming relationships along the way.

There is definitely hints of Juno in this flick. Cera plays his usual geeky but loveable character that we’ve seen him do successfully quite a few times (not sure how many years he has left doing this). Denning’s character, Norah, doesn’t have enough depth, but as the movie is light and fun, it gets away with it. The pair make a cute couple and there are no surprises with the ending. There is a great soundtrack, and the script rolls along quite nicely with quick and quirky dialogue. Although I enjoyed this flick, it’s certainly no stand out, and I reckon it’s a movie for those under 30. There comes a point when a parent doesn’t really want to see high school kids having sex!

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She’s out of my League

Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve

Jay is the skinny dude from Knocked Up.  Still skinny, he is the protagonist in this film and does a fantastic job as the loveable, sweet, funny, and vulnerable Kirk. He falls in love with a beautiful woman, Molly (played by Eve) who he and his friends know is way better looking and far more successful than him. In short, way out of his league.

Jay’s three best friends add the funny magic to this film. The best support role, however, must go to my favourite support actor, Krysten Ritter. Ritter plays the brunette to Eve the blond bombshell. Of course I like Ritter (Patty) much better than Eve (Molly) because I usually prefer the dark-haired best friend in romantic comedies. And particularly because it’s Ritter, who I love in Confessions of a Shopaholic – she has great style. She tells a guy to go shit in his hand! I’m dying for the day she leads up a rom com.

Kirk is treated like dirt by his ex-girlfriend who only wants him back when she claps her eyes on the gorgeous Molly. He struggles with his on-off-ex, only to find that Molly has an ex too – but her ex is a big hunky pilot. Would some-one of Molly’s calibre love some-one like Kirk, or would she go out with him because he’s safe?  “It feels like the universe is out of tilt.”

There is a terribly funny scene with Kirk and his friend Devon when they shave his balls. I love his friends. One is good looking, one is nice, and one is a lovable dickhead. It’s so great to have a posse. And they really care about him. Aw, nice.

Kirk and his friends have a rating system for themselves based on looks. They come to realise that you have to rate yourself much higher for yourself, not compared to anyone else.

Anyway, to sum up, there’s a great airport scene at the end, lots of smooches, and people who do the right thing.

Knocked up

Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd, Leslie Man, Kristen Wiig, Jason Segal, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Martin Starr

Alison and Ben (Heigl and Rogan) are complete opposites. He needs to straighten up, and she needs to lighten up. When they hook up on a drunken one night stand, he gets her pregnant. Now they have to form some kind of relationship, starting with getting to know each other, and trying to like each other.

Alison lives with her sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) and her husband Peter (played by Paul Rudd). Their relationship has a few problems of its own, which has an influence on how Alison and Ben think about their future. Will they even have a future together considering they are so ill suited?

This is a very funny movie, with much of the humour supplied by Jason Segal, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, and Martin Starr – Ben’s friends and housemates. This was the first rom com where I saw Heigl and I loved her straight away. This is a fast and funny film, with great acting, and lots of hilarious ‘bit’ parts (Wiig playing one in particular). Classic rom com, one of my favourites.

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