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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is a 2008 coming-of-age teen comedy film based upon the novel of the same name by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Filmed in New Yorkmarker, this movie was one of the first to be shot in New York City after the State and City of New York enacted a 35 percent tax credit under the "Made in NY" incentive program.

Plot

Nick O’Leary (Michael Cera), a teenager from Hoboken, New Jerseymarker, is heartbroken after his girlfriend, Tris (Alexis Dziena), breaks up with him, and repeatedly makes her "breakup" mix CDs. Thom (Aaron Yoo) and Dev (Rafi Gavron), his bandmates in the queercore band The Jerk-Offs (of which Nick is the only heterosexual member), convince him to perform at a club because his favorite band, the legendary, publicity-shy indie band Where's Fluffy?, is performing somewhere in New York City.

Norah Silverberg (Kat Dennings) and Tris attend the same high school. While Norah and Tris dislike each other, they have a mutual friend Caroline, (Ari Graynor).Norah who appreciates the mix CDs has been recovering them after Tris discards them in the trash. That night, the three girls end up at Arlene's Grocerymarker on Manhattanmarker's Lower East Sidemarker where The Jerk-Offs are playing. After they play, Thom and Dev meet Lethario (Jonathan B. Wright) A.K.A. "Beefy Guy". Norah asks Nick to pretend to be her boyfriend, to prove to Tris that she has a boyfriend. Norah kisses Nick, not knowing that Nick is Tris' ex, and incites Tris' jealousy. Caroline gets drunk and Norah wants to take her home, but Nick's band-mates, who see Norah as a potential girlfriend for Nick, offer to take Caroline home so Norah can spend time with Nick trying to find the Where's Fluffy? concert. The passed out Caroline later wakes up in the back of the Thom's van, confused and frantic Caroline runs away. Nick and Norah meet back up with Thom, Dev and Lethario to try to find Caroline. After no luck, they hope that she is already at the Where's Fluffy? concert.

They head to a club rumored to be the location of the Where's Fluffy? concert, but turns out to be a show for another artist, Are You Randy. Back to trying to find Caroline, they are followed by Tris who wants to get back with Nick. Tris gets a phone call from Caroline, who tells Norah that she has "found Jesus" and an altar boy without pants. They find a drunk Caroline on stage at a gay cabaret dressed as a Christmas tree.

On the way back home, Nick sees Tris waiting on the hood of his Yugo and decides to confront her. Before he leaves, Norah stops him to say how nice it was to meet him. Nick simply leaves without a response. Upset, Norah calls Tal. When Norah meets up with him, she realizes that he has ulterior motives, and is using her to get a deal for his band with Norah's Music Producer Dad. When the check arrives for Tal and his friends' drinks, he asks Norah if she can "take care of it" because of her dad connections. She agrees, but instead she tells the waitress that there was a miscalculation and to increase the tab by adding a zero to the end; Norah then leaves.

As Nick confronts Tris, she shows how she wants him back and asks for a ride home. Tris asks Nick to stop by the river, where she tries to seduce him to take her back. Whilst she seductively dances in front of the car to "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate, Nick reminisces about Norah and the night's events, decides that he is over Tris and drives away, leaving Tris behind.

Nick calls Norah, apologizing for leaving, and she agrees to meet him again. They both decide to go somewhere no one they know will find them. Norah offers to drive, and turns out to be a reckless driver, who crashes his car into a fire hydrant. They arrive at Electric Lady Studios, a music studio owned by her father. Nick is fascinated at the equipment and history of the studio. Norah asks Nick to play something in the recording room. Before he starts singing, she joins him and the two start to kiss and things heat up. She gets a text message from Caroline that they found Fluffy. The two decide to go, only to find Tal and Tris already there. Tris cannot understand why Nick will not take her back, and Tal wants the same answer from Norah. Tal pulls Norah away from Nick. Nick and Tal start shoving each other until Lethario finally intercedes and headbutts Tal. Nick and Norah share a smile, grab hands and leave. They reach Pennsylvania Station. As they head for the train, Norah questions Nick about missing the concert, but Nick says he does not care. Norah steps towards him as they share a kiss on the escalator as the sun rises over New York City.

Cast



Production

Filming took place during the autumn in 2007 and ended in December 2007; the movie was released in the United Statesmarker on October 3, 2008 by Columbia Pictures.

The film was shot almost entirely on scene in New York Citymarker. Sections were filmed in Williamsburg, Brooklynmarker at Union Pool, as well as Don Hill's in TriBeCamarker. Additional filming took place in Manhattanmarker's Lower East Sidemarker and East Villagemarker, including the restaurant Veselka. The movie took 29 days to film and was shot almost entirely at night.

DVD and Blu-ray release

The film was released in the United States on DVD and Blu-ray Disc February 3, 2009. On April 2, 2009 Netflix announced that a copy of the film had become their 2 billionth delivery to a customer.

Reception

Based on 116 reviews collected from Rotten Tomatoes, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist has an overall approval rating of 72 percent, with a weighted average score of 6.6/10. Among Rotten Tomatoes' Cream of the Crop, which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 83 percent, most of the positive feedback being based upon the character chemistry between Cera and Dennings.

A number of critics have noted similarities between this movie and American Graffiti. The movie has also been praised for its non-stereotypical portrayal of gay characters.

Soundtrack

The soundtrack was released by Atlantic Records on September 23, 2008. It is available both on CD and as a Deluxe Edition on iTunes. It should be noted that the tracklisting below is for the Deluxe Edition, which is available exclusively through iTunes.

  1. "Speed of Sound" by Chris Bell
  2. "Lover" by Devendra Banhart
  3. "Screw the Man" by The Jerk Offs (not on original soundtrack)
  4. "Middle Management" by Bishop Allen
  5. "Ottoman" by Vampire Weekend
  6. "Riot Radio" by The Dead 60s
  7. "Fever" by Takka Takka
  8. "Xavia" by The Submarines
  9. "Negative" by Project Jenny, Project Jan (not on original soundtrack)
  10. "After Hours" by We Are Scientists
  11. "Trust Your Stomach" by Marching Band (not on original soundtrack)
  12. "Our Swords" by Band of Horses
  13. "Silvery Sleds" by Army Navy
  14. "Baby You're My Light" by Richard Hawley
  15. "Very Loud" by Shout Out Louds
  16. "How to Say Goodbye" by Paul Tiernan
  17. "Last Words" by The Real Tuesday Weld
  18. "Nick & Norah's Theme" by Mark Mothersbaugh
  19. "Electro-Socket Blues" by Rogue Wave (not on original soundtrack)


Note: some songs featured in the movie are not present on the soundtrack, like "Slight Of Hand" by Army navy,"You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate, "Boys Don't Cry" by The Cure, "All the Wine" by Cincinnati band The National, "Insistor" by Tapes 'n Tapes, "Kennedy" by Ratatat, "Twilight" by The Raveonettes, "Where There's a Will, There's a Whalebone" by Islands, "Wannabe" by Spice Girls, "Little Motel" by Modest Mouse, "Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel, and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" by Dusty Springfield, which played during Nick's day dream sequence about Tris.

Also, not included in the original soundtrack or the special edition is the song "Balls Deep" by Scissorfight, and "Sonido Total" by The Pinker Tones.

References

  1. http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/incentives/made_ny_incentive.shtml
  2. http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/sd-dvd-film-documentary/279837-sphe-press-release-nick-norahs-infinite-playlist-dvd-blu-ray.html
  3. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/reviews/movies/NICKANDNORAHSINFINITEPLAYLIST.DTL&type=movies
  4. http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1004/p25s02-almo.html
  5. http://www.gonewiththetwins.com/pages/2008/nickandnorahsinfiniteplaylist.php
  6. http://www.celebritywonder.com/movie/2008_Nick_and_Norah%27s_Infinite_Playlist.html
  7. http://family.go.com/entertainment/article-596359-movie-review--nick-and-norah-s-infinite-playlist-t/


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