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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 80

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A bright little screwball comedy that speaks for the vitality of new movies.

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  • 88

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though the movie rambles in the middle, it gets back on track when Nick and Norah have a sweet encounter in an unexpected place. The soundtrack is an excellent counterpoint to the film's quirky scenarios.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    So much goes down on Nick and Norah's one enchanted evening that the best advice is to enjoy the ride -- the actual ride -- around this vibrant new New York.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Teen romcom is believable but on the edgy side.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy is designed to appeal to the same hip teens who like Gossip Girl and Judd Apatow movies. Conversations about sex and relationships are candid and specific (for example, teen girls discuss orgasms in a convenience store), and several couples hook up, especially one drunk teen girl. In one scene, the camera cuts from a couple making out to the sound of the girl's orgasm. Although the main teen characters don't drink, plenty of other underage characters do. Language includes "s--t," "ass," "bitch," and the like. Product placement includes Mac computers, iPods, and Gray's Papaya hot dogs.

  • Families can talk about the real-life consequences of the characters' behavior, particularly the underage drinking. How do you think a night like the one in the movie would turn out in real life? Families can also discuss whether this movie offers a realistic depiction of today's teens. How do TV shows and movies usually portray urban-dwelling teens as opposed to suburban teens? The film makes teens seem very accepting of friends with different cultures and sexuality. Teens: Is that the case with your friends? Also, does the way the characters use technology seem realistic? How is media a part of teen daily life?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: On the plus side, there are some examples of strong friendships. On the down side, teens seem to live parent-less lives where, despite being underage, they can get into trendy clubs and bars, drink too much, and hook up with random people. Nick is the only straight guy in his band; his fellow musicians aren't portrayed stereotypically.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A guy punches another guy in the face.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Viewers hear a girl have an orgasm (prior that she and the guy are making out on a couch). A couple of other scenes show couples hooking up/making out. A girl does a striptease for a guy, but there's no nudity. Two teen girls discuss sex -- and, in particular, orgasms. A gay teen guy tells a girl to change bras to get rid of her "uniboob."

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes words like "bitch," "ass," "s--t," and "a--hole."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Yugo, Gray's Papaya hot dogs, iPod, Mac computer.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Underage teens drink to excess (one girl can barely figure out where she is) in bars/clubs. But the main teen characters don't drink.