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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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Scott Pilgrim Vs the World

Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

This film is categorised as Action Comedy. But it deals with young love, so I thought I’d include it as a romantic comedy and give it a review. Boy does meet girl, but girl is out of this world!

The movie runs like a video game in real life.  Michael Cera (who we love in Juno) plays Scott Pilgrim.  He still has the sweet, loveable personality of his Juno character, Paulie Bleeker.  Scott is in love with Ramona.  When they start dating, Scott has to firstly defeat Ramona’s seven evil exes. They battle as bands and performers, and they battle as they would if in an arcade game. At times I got a bit confused.

This movie was fun and love won out in the end.  But I did realise one thing towards the end of the film – I’m too old for it!

Juno

Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, JK Simmons

If you could go back to high school and be much cooler than what you were, you’d be Juno (played by Ellen Page). She gets pregnant by her friend Paulie Bleeker and tries to take care of everything herself. She’s incredibly immature and incredibly mature at the same time.

Juno decides to adopt the baby out to a middle class couple, Mark and Vanessa, played by Bateman and Garner. She has to learn very quickly about relationships, and about how to listen to her own heart.

This isn’t a typical boy meets girl rom com. Here are some young people dealing with growing up, being teenagers, and understanding boundaries.

The soundtrack is terrific (Kimya Dawson), low fi, just like the flick. This is a great film for young and old alike and has established itself as a cult classic.

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