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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.
Release Year: 2008
Rating: 6.7/10 (36,454 voted)
Critic's Score: 64/100
Stars: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Aaron Yoo
Storyline 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.
Writers: Lorene Scafaria, Rachel Cohn
Cast: Michael Cera
Jonathan B. Wright
Beefy Guy (Lethario)
Randy (Are You Randy)
Filming Locations: Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $11,311,751
(5 October 2008)
(16 November 2008)
(Toronto International Film Festival)
Did You Know?
Trivia: Ari Graynor (Caroline) improvised her whole speech at the Port Authority when Kevin Corrigan decided he wouldn't say a word during his scene.
When Nick and Norah are in Electric Lady Studios and Norah receives a text from Caroline that reads "Foumd Flufdy" the date for the text says "Apr 20 2008." April 20, 2008 was a Sunday, and in the beginning of the film while Caroline and Norah are in school, Caroline says to Norah that it is Friday. Since they were out in NYC throughout Friday night into Saturday morning, it should have been April 19, 2008, but it could not have been the 20th.
Let's dance, douche bag!
[hits Nick in the throat]
It's about the atmosphere...
All right. Listen up out there. You could say this is Juno without the
baby...or almost as useless and watered down as a straight to DVD
movie...but you would be missing the point--not that every movie has to
have a point.
N&N is not trying to sell something or be something--it's not even
trying to be great...because most love stories that try to be great
fail. When you see N&N (and if you're in the mood for a lighthearted
enjoyable movie, you should), don't go with an expectation of grandeur
or even for the entire thing to be great. Alexis Diziena is as useless
in this film as she is anorexic and whorish--her part is almost
explicitly sexual. And there are so many subplots that their lives
appear at times to be exaggerated. What matters almost seems to be
camouflaged by what should be secondary.
The movie succeeds in a number of understated ways, though. Ari
Graynor's part is by far the funniest character of the bunch and Ari
plays the part extremely well. The gay band Michael Cera is a member of
adds a quirky afterthought to his character's back story. And what's
most important--the characters Nick and Norah act like slightly more
interesting versions of normal people. They have their flaws and their
disagreements but they're capable of finding the beauty in each other
and their story along the way.
Movies should be about the creation and expansion of a spark of
magic--not about giving you exactly what you expect or want. The
perfection of the movie lives in its imperfections. The love is in the
relationships that are real and what is fake gets left behind in a
sketchy area near 10th street (that's not a spoiler). It amplifies
grace with its soundtrack and hope with its random culmination of
peculiar events over a single-night.
So just let the infinite playlist play and enjoy it already.