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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

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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.


Peter Sollett


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


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist See more »


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The trailer shows an alternate version of the club scene kiss with Nick and Norah. When Tris comes up to ask them how they met - it is Nick who tells Tris that they have the same dentist. In the actual movie, Norah is the one that tells this to Tris. See more »


While Thom is explaining The Beatles song "I Want To Hold You Hand" he incorrectly says it was their first single. It is true that it was their first major-label United States single (presumably what Thom meant), but the Beatles released several earlier singles in the UK, and some of them were also issued in the US on minor labels. See more »


Nick: Why would you buy these pants?
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References The Thin Man (1934) See more »


You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (Io Che Non Vivo Senza Te)
Written by Pino Donaggio, Vito Pallavicini, Simon Napier-Bell and Vicki Wickham
Performed by Dusty Springfield
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Unviersal Music Enterprises
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Fails to live up to its promise
19 April 2009 | by Buddy-51See 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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