Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist


I didn’t like this as much as I liked the book, but it was a nice way to spend an evening. Kat Dennings is absolutely mesmerizing, so much so that Michael Cera faded into the background a bit. There are some laugh-out-loud funny lines in the movie, but if you have to choose one, read the book.

Oh! I forgot that they made a major plot point change between the book and the movie that I disagree with. The book is much better. Much.

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2 thoughts on “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”

  1. Aren’t the books always better? Do you know of any movies that turn out better than the books? Hmmmm….I can think of movies that were as good as the books…but better…hmmm…

    -S

  2. I knew I could think of some if I gave it some time. Sometimes the movie fleshes out things that don’t really come to life on the page, or makes a more coherent narrative. There is even a list on Goodreads titled “The Movie Was Better Than the Book”. I disagree with many of them, but here are some I agree with:
    Fight Club
    Forrest Gump
    Big Fish
    Eddie and the Cruisers
    The Hours
    Starship Troopers
    The Natural

    Also sometimes I like both the movie and the book best because they both bring out good qualities in the story:
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    The Orchid Thief/Adaptation
    Atonement

    That said, about 90% of the time the book is at least as good as the movie, but mostly better.

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