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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  3 October 2008 (USA)
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High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg when she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beefy Guy (Lethario)
Bishop Allen
Christian Rudder ...
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Giorgio Angelini ...
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Darbie Nowatka ...
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Cully Symington ...
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Jeremy Haines ...
Randy (Are You Randy)


It's been three weeks, two days, and 23 hours since Tris broke up with Nick. And now here she is at his gig, with a new guy. How could she have moved on so fast? This begins the night of Nick, Norah and Manhattan. The night of stripping nuns, hotel ice rooms, Russian food, psychotic ex-boyfriends and lovingly trashy ex-girlfriends. It's the night of Julio and Salvatore. The night of holding hands and writing songs and singing in the rain. It's a night they'll never forget. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including teen drinking, sexuality, language and crude behavior | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,311,751 (USA) (3 October 2008)


£398,194 (UK) (30 January 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nick drives a yellow 1980s model Yugo. See more »


When Caroline goes to the guy in the bus station to ask for a turkey sandwich, in one shot he is wearing the cap on one side, but in the other shot he is wearing the cap on the other side. See more »


Thom: Would someone mind telling me where we're going?
Norah: You know how some people like to eat at the same places?
Nick: Yeah.
Norah: Well Caroline likes to barf in the same places.
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Very Loud
Written by Adem Olenius
Performed by Shout Out Louds
Published by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. o/b/o EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia AB (BMI)
Courtesy of Capitol Records, LLC
Under license from EMI Music Marketing (p) 2005 Capitol Records, LLC
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It's about the atmosphere...
4 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All right. Listen up out there. You could say this is Juno without the baby...or almost as useless and watered down as a straight to DVD movie...but you would be missing the point--not that every movie has to have a point.

N&N is not trying to sell something or be something--it's not even trying to be great...because most love stories that try to be great fail. When you see N&N (and if you're in the mood for a lighthearted enjoyable movie, you should), don't go with an expectation of grandeur or even for the entire thing to be great. Alexis Diziena is as useless in this film as she is anorexic and whorish--her part is almost explicitly sexual. And there are so many subplots that their lives appear at times to be exaggerated. What matters almost seems to be camouflaged by what should be secondary.

The movie succeeds in a number of understated ways, though. Ari Graynor's part is by far the funniest character of the bunch and Ari plays the part extremely well. The gay band Michael Cera is a member of adds a quirky afterthought to his character's back story. And what's most important--the characters Nick and Norah act like slightly more interesting versions of normal people. They have their flaws and their disagreements but they're capable of finding the beauty in each other and their story along the way.

Movies should be about the creation and expansion of a spark of magic--not about giving you exactly what you expect or want. The perfection of the movie lives in its imperfections. The love is in the relationships that are real and what is fake gets left behind in a sketchy area near 10th street (that's not a spoiler). It amplifies grace with its soundtrack and hope with its random culmination of peculiar events over a single-night.

So just let the infinite playlist play and enjoy it already.

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