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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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Peter Sollett

Writers:

Lorene Scafaria (screenplay), Rachel Cohn (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Cera ... Nick
Kat Dennings ... Norah
Aaron Yoo ... Thom
Rafi Gavron ... Dev
Ari Graynor ... Caroline
Alexis Dziena ... Tris
Jonathan B. Wright ... Beefy Guy (Lethario)
Zachary Booth ... Gary
Jay Baruchel ... Tal
Justin Rice ... Bishop Allen
Christian Rudder Christian Rudder ... Bishop Allen
Giorgio Angelini ... Bishop Allen
Darbie Nowatka Darbie Nowatka ... Bishop Allen
Cully Symington Cully Symington ... Bishop Allen
Jeremy Haines Jeremy Haines ... Randy (Are You Randy)
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Storyline

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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This October, Press Play.

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,311,751, 5 October 2008

Gross USA:

$31,487,293

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,506,644
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title character's names are a reference to Nick & Nora Charles, the characters in the 'Thin Man' series of films based on Dashiell Hammett's book. See more »

Goofs

When Norah is being chided by Tris in the convenience store (about never having a climax), the man behind them puts a bottle on the counter and rests his arm there. A split second later, his arm is hanging at his side and the bottle has vanished. See more »

Quotes

Norah: It reminds me of this part of Judaism that I really like. It's called Tikun Olam. It says that the world's been broken into pieces and it's everybody's job to find them and put them back together again.
Nick: Well maybe we're the pieces. Maybe we are not supposed to find the pieces. Maybe we are the pieces.
Norah: Nick? I'm coming in...
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Connections

References This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

All the Wine
Written by Matt Berninger (as Matthew Berninger), Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner,
Bryan Devendorf and Scott Devendorf
Performed by The National
Courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
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It's about the atmosphere...
4 October 2008 | by Jobi14See 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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