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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Teen romcom is believable but on the edgy side.

Movie PG-13 2008 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 15+


I thought it was a cute movie.

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age 16+

You know you've found "the one" if they can give you an orgasm?

Funny and witty movie that could be very influential for teens. This movie romanticizes teen sexual behavior. Frequent straight and gay sex is treated as the norm for these teens. Parents are mostly absent. And the main message-- the only way you know you've found "the one" is if they can give you an orgasm? As an adult, I was very entertained, but I couldn't help thinking how destructive this could be to teens who think this is how they need to be to fit in.

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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (26 ):

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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