Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Michael Cera plays a lovably baffled and recently heartbroken indie rock aficionado who, along with band of merry very gay boys meets Kat Dennings while on an unsupervised jaunt to Manhattan to track down their favorite band, “Where’s Fluffy?” They fall in love while trying to find her drunk friend (a charming and adorable  Ari Graynor) who ran off.

They fall in love and he gives her  her first orgasm on a couch.


Ok, but at the very least, surely this shockingly blunt,  poorly acted, practically humorless teenage rom/com had some lessons thrown in there somewhere.  Let’s have a look.

Lessons Learned

  1. It is A-OK to get completely shitfaced in NYC, barf in the Port Authority bathroom, and make out with strangers.  As a matter of fact, it is completely necessary if you want your best friend to fall in love.
  2. It is A-OK to just drive away while your slutty ex-girlfriend does a striptease for you by the East River, leaving her stranded.
  3. It is unacceptable to not have had an orgasm by the age of 17 if you are a female.  Everyone will know about it and publicly (pubicly?) shame you.
  4. It is really easy to get cameos from John Cho, Andy Samberg, Seth Myers, Devendra Banhart and Bishop Allen for your movie no matter how much it sucks.  Filmmakers take note.
  5. “Finger bang” is the unanimously preferred parlance for what Michael Cera does to Kat Dennings at the end.
  6. Teenagers today have no parents.
This entry was written by FilmFemme , posted on Thursday March 12 2009at 09:03 am , filed under comedy, lists, misogyny, reviews, romance . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

7 Responses to “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”

  • Ben Esch says:

    I’m gonna have to part company with you on this one, film femme. I actually liked this movie, though I did have some problems.

    And pretty much a hundred percent of them revolve around the fingerbang scene around plot point two. Holy crap was that weird.

    Haven’t read the book, but it’s supposed to be really good. I’m kinda curious how they handle the fingerbang scene…I really feel like I need to quit writing fingerbang.


  • Jay says:

    Hey there. Found your site while Googling “fingerbang.” Good stuff, even if I was expecting less writing and more violated Japanese schoolgirls.

  • Patrick says:

    Is this where we’ve arrived as Americans? That a high school girl feels embarrassed never to have had an orgasm? And how about the fact that her first orgasm comes (cums?) from sex with another person? Can we talk about that?

    This movie wasn’t without its charms, but there’s something odd about it. Would it have been substantively changed by making all of the characters 27 instead of 17? I argue it would not. And that, I think, is kind of a problem.

  • rhonda says:

    hey guys? shutup this movie was amazing INCLUDING the fingerbang scene. it was cute<3

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  • a says:

    Teenagers in movies and TV haven’t had parents since at least the 90s.

  • michelle says:

    As a 26 year old married mother I feel this movie was not something I would let a child of an impressionable mind watch it had a rating of PG13 for a reason. However as an adult I was pleased to see sexual contact that did not include actual intercourse. It was interesting to be given an alternate option for being sexual and intimate without showing nudity or having intercourse. Do not forget the two main characters of this film did not consume alcohol and they were not interested in doing so.

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