Friday, 30 January 2009


Lovesick Nick (played by Juno’s Michael Cera) is struggling to come to terms with the loss of his long-term girlfriend, Tris.

In some desperate attempt to win her back, he continues to plague her answering phone with messages and send her mix tapes of their favourite bands. Sick already?

During a gig with his band, The Jerk Offs, Norah (Kat Dennings) slaps a sloppy one on Nick's bewildered lips to prove she has a boyfriend – little beknown to her that Nick is Tris’s ex and the same guy whose discarded mix tapes she’s secretly been collecting. Still not vomitting?

United by music and an awkward kiss, the pair spend the night ‘getting to know each other’ as they search the city for ‘Where’s Fluffy?’ – an underground indie band who are performing a one-off secret gig.

This is the type of slushy love story you probably picked up in your school library at age 10 – the characters are basic and underdeveloped, the direction is messy and the script fails to drive the story anywhere but downhill.

In fact, having your dentures removed with a claw hammer might be less painful than watching these characters shamefully interact with one another.

Cera sticks to familiar terriority as the fluffy and harmless nerd while Dennings makes the most of a limp script.

Sadly, ‘Sick and Bored By Her’ is utterly charmless, with little in terms of intelligence or comical capability to compete with such ‘one day/one night’ comedy favourites as Before Sunset, Blind Date or Dazed and Confused.

The only redeeming feature is the soundtrack, but not even that will drone out the sound of a truly, awful movie.

Rating: *

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