Authors: Rachel Cohn and David LevithanPublisher: Allen & Unwin, 2007
Length: 192 pages
Genre: Young Adult fiction
One night. One gig. One question. One kiss. One adventure.
Director: Peter SollettScreenplay: Lorene Scafaria
Studio: Sony Pictures
Released: 2008 (or supposedly 2009 in Australia, though I'm fairly certain with the exception of an advanced screening at the Melbourne Moonlight Cinema, it did not show here).
Cast: Michael Cera (Nick), Kat Dennings (Norah), Ari Graynor (Caroline), Jay Baruchel (Tal)
As it turned out, I don't think I needed to have worried too much. Don't get me wrong, the book is still infinetely better, but the film is still very awesome. As far as adaptations go, it ranks pretty highly in my opinion - whilst not page for page (or frame for frame), it still definitely captures the essence of the novel that I loved. I'll go into more detail and share some of my best/worst moments below.
Hope you liked my first Fiction to Film review - I'm hoping to make it a regular feature on here!
- Kat Dennings - when I first heard she was cast, all I could think of was that whiny, annoying girl in The 40 Year Old Virgin. Hmmm, was not convinced. My concern was again, unecessary as Kat Dennings did a pretty kick-arse job. Straight talking, no bullshit with a dry sense of humour and a glimmer of vulnerability. I know she is possibly not everyones cup of tee (and The House Bunny was pretty bad) but I think she made the character transition to film very well. My only whinge is the fact that film Norah puts on the push-up bra following a pep talk from Dev. Book Norah would not resort to that kind of move, especially not with some random bra that has been floating around a scungy van.