Sunday, October 12, 2008

"Nicke and Norah's Infinite Playlist" and Indie Films

This is an interesting article about independent films and how they're becoming increasingly derivative. After seeing "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" last night, my partner and I were remarking on its similarity to "Juno". We really liked both movies, but it's impossible to ignore the similarities. Both feature animated opening credits that imitate doodles in a notebook, both star Michael Cera, both have indie music soundtracks and "quirky" teenage characters who fall in love. At first I was excited that Michael Cera's character in "Nick and Norah" plays in an all-gay (except for him) band, and that the gay male characters weren't stereotyped. I ultimately felt, however, that the gay characters were being used solely as another quirk, another "eccentricity," just another way to make a joke. Cera's character, Nick, keeps getting mistaken for gay - smirk, smirk; one of the gay characters hits someone after being taunted - wow, isn't he brave, just like a "normal" guy - but then - cue the stereotype - he cries because his hand hurts.

This article also describes the development of indie films, which is pretty interesting.

From Indie Chic to indie, Sheesh

And, just because I can, here's the trailer for "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist":


Patrick Roberts said...

there were some awkward moments in this movie that were hard to get over... such as every time that gum was passed around (yuck!)

crabbyanne said...

Yeah, we couldn't even watch that scene with Caroline in the bathroom. And the gum - yes, big huge yuck!