Mr. Movie

'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' plays well

There must be an unwritten rule that says that characters in a teen film must be preoccupied with themselves, filled with angst and abuse substances illegal to the age group.

The plot must do a lot of pointless wandering before settling into a predictable groove.

That’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist but with a twist. While there is a limit on how much self-absorption a person can take, Nick and Norah has a sugary side that gives it an original take on quite unoriginal material.

Tris broke up with Nick three weeks, two days and 23 hours ago. Crushed, he leaves her endless voicemails, mixes awesome CDs with songs that proclaim his undying love, and generally makes a total nuisance of himself.

She’s thinks Nick is a complete dweeb. Norah finds Nick’s CDs and his infinite playlist to be wonderful. Her musical taste is in perfect pitch with his.

Set to a marvelous soundtrack, love for two goofy kids blossoms slowly in a tale that takes them through one of those fabulous Friday nights that can only be had when you’re young.

The kids in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist party hearty and are focused on self just like teens do in a dramady.

But there’s a sweetness to the two lead characters Michael Cera (Juno) and Kat Jennings (The House Bunny) and their friends that makes you wish they were the teenagers living next door to you and not the ones you have now.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens today at the Columbia Mall 8 and at the Fairchild 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself