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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship is a clear theme of the film. Modern teens are depicted as being both honest and accepting.
Positive Role Models
On the plus side, there are 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.
Violence & Scariness
One character punches another in the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Viewers hear a girl have an orgasm (prior to that, she and a 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."
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Language includes words like "bitch," "ass," "s--t," and "a--hole."
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Products & Purchases
Yugo, Gray's Papaya hot dogs, iPod, Mac computer.
Drinking, Drugs & 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.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is a comedy that's 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Peter Sollett infuses this reasonably engaging film -- based on a young-adult novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan -- with the staples of most romantic comedies. There's the meet cute, a night out in New York City, comic-relief best friends, witty banter, and even a gross-out gag or two. And while the two protagonists -- especially go-to adolescent lead Cera -- are believable as hip-but-shy, sensitive-but-worldly, city-savvy-but-suburban-dwelling teens, parts of the film lag, get bogged down by the drunk-friend subplot, and just aren't as funny as the filmmakers intended.
What does work is the movie's vision of MySpace-generation teens as candid and tolerant. The teen culture in the film includes ubiquitous use of technology, gay and straight best friends, a rich record-company heiress who falls for a guy who drives a Yugo, girls who wear private school skirts by day and sexy mini skirts by night. This is the world that 21st-century teens live in, even if only a tiny fraction of them use New York's post-punk clubs and greasy spoons as their playground.
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