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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:
Bishop Allen
Christian Rudder ...
Bishop Allen
Bishop Allen
Darbie Nowatka ...
Bishop Allen
Cully Symington ...
Bishop Allen
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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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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 USA:

$11,311,751, 5 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,487,293, 16 November 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film originally opened at The Jerkoffs show where Norah first meets Nick. All prior scenes (including Nick leaving a voicemail on Tris' phone, the scenes with Norah, Caroline, and Tris at the Catholic school, etc.) were re-shoots filmed six months after principal production was wrapped. See more »


When the "jerk-offs" finish their set at the beginning of the movie, Thom takes off his guitar. When Nick tries to turn off the drum machine, Thom comes over and kicks the plug out, still wearing his guitar. See more »


Nick: [leaving a message on his ex-girlfriend Tris' phone]
Nick: I think last time we spoke we both kind of said some really nasty things that neither of us meant, like... you broke up with me... on my b-day.
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References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »


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Performed by The Dead 60s
Written by Bryan Johnson, Matt McManamon, Charlie Turner and Ben Gordon
Published by The Ego Factory (ASCAP)/Lost In The Woods (ASCAP)/The Publishing Sketch Inc. (ASCAP)/Divine Music Publishing (ASCAP)
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited (P) 2004 Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Fails to live up to its promise
19 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

With his roles in mainstream hits such as "Superbad" and "Juno," Michael Cera catapulted himself to the head of the class as the modern-day geek of choice for teen comedies (he's sort of to the 2000s what Molly Ringwald was to the 1980s, a figure average adolescents can relate to). In "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," Cera continues in that mode, playing a straight member of an otherwise all-gay rock band who can't get over the fact that his pretty but snooty girlfriend, Tris, has dumped him for another guy. One wild night, while in the city with his band mates, the lovesick Nick hooks up with Norah Silverberg, a less pretty but far more authentic girl who attends the same Catholic girls' school as Tris and who discovers, much to her delight, that, in Nick, she may have finally found her "musical soul mate."

With a screenplay by Lorene Scafaria (derived from the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan) and direction by Peter Sollett, "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" is an amiable but scattered little comedy that never seems to completely find its footing or to come up with any kind of purposeful meaning or direction. Filled with jokes and comic concepts that either don't lead anywhere or that simply fall flat, the movie fails to do justice to its youthful and exuberant cast that includes, in addition to Cera, Kat Dennings, Alexis Dziena, Aaron Yoo, Rafi Gavron, Ari Graynor and Jonathan B. Wright.

The movie does an impressive job not overly stereotyping its gay characters (though a little of that sneaks in anyway), and there are fleeting moments of tenderness and charm as Nick and Nora work on cementing their relationship, but the movie's lack of a clear-cut focus proves yet again that "niceness" alone isn't enough to guarantee a quality movie.

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