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A comedy about fear of commitment, hating your job, falling in love and other pop favorites.
When record store owner Rob Gordon gets dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, because he hasn't changed since they met, he revisits his top five breakups of all time in an attempt to figure out what went wrong. As Rob seeks out his former lovers to find out why they left, he keeps up his efforts to win Laura back.
The Good: Top five reasons why High Fidelity is a great film: 1. John Cusack delivers the best performance of his career. (Yes, better than Say Anything. Better than Being John Malkovich. Better than Thin Red Line. Better than Grosse Pointe Blank. Better than 2012.); 2. Jack Black is actually pretty funny and -- surprise -- not annoying here; 3. One of the finest examples of fourth wall breaking; 4. Excellent screenplay by Cusack, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, and Scott Rosenberg, based on the novel by Nick Hornby (About a Boy); 5. Fantastic songs, with the highlight being a soulful rendition of Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On' by Sonic Death Monkey/Kathleen Turner Overdrive/Barry Jive and the Uptown Five.
The Bad: Nothing major.
The Bottom Line: The modern-day Annie Hall. You'll be putting this on repeat. Highly recommended.
I am Rob Gordon.
Rob Gordon is me.
The way he speaks, acts, and thinks is like looking at a mirror.
It's freaky man.
Should I be scared that as cynical as I already am, I'm probably gonna be even more cynical when I'm Rob's age?
Plus, considering this contains the song Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix (one of my favorite songs) this film was made for me.
It's freaky man.
“Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”
Stephen Frear’s High Fidelity breaks the fourth wall from the very opening scene as Rob Gordon (John Cusack) begins sharing with us about his top 5 breakups right at the time his girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), is moving out of his apartment and leaving him. It is evident he is hurt, but he brushes it off by saying she doesn’t even rank in his list of the most hurtful breakups. That is when he begins listing who each one of them were…
What a perfect dramedy, I absolutely loved High Fidelity!
Basicaly this is a story about a man who doesn't know how to grow up. That man is Rob and Rob loves music and owns a record store. No problem with that. He works at what he truly loves but sometimes it seems like he did not even care. He is more obsessed with his list of the "Top 5 Breakups", including the one that just happened. He wants to know why every girl that he had been dating broke up with him.
This film is something original and I love the fact that we have the narration literally in the first person. Rob narrates everything to the camera and you…
Stephen Frears's adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel is one of those films you can't help but come back to. It may not be your typical romantic comedy, but it's certainly one of the best. Moving the setting from London to Chicago was no big deal really as Frears stayed pretty faithful to Hornby's source material about a thirty-something record store owner played by John Cusack who starts to question his luck with women after being dumped by his girlfriend.
Featuring an impressive support cast that includes Jack Black (toned down to perfection), Iben Hjejle as Cusack's on-off girlfriend and small cameos from the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Tim Robbins, this has one of the sharpest scripts around with plenty…
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Top five reasons why I loved this film:
1. The first minute of the film. The philosophy about people blaming all the violence that teens watch on TV, but the real reason for sorrow happens to be sad music. And the contemplation about which came first, music or misery? Right then I knew I was going love this one.
2. John Cusack. He does such a brilliant job in playing a single and lonely individual, who longs and reminisces about his past relationships. God, he is totally lovable and I cannot think of anyone who could have done justice to this role like he did. And the first person narrative makes it that much more intimate and…
Top 5 Romantic Comedies, can you see yourself on that list High Fidelity?
Yes...yes you can!
Parts of it were hilarious, the soundtrack rocks and John Cusack has an effortless ease that carries him through pretty much every film he's in. It's just a shame that his character is this awful, self-indulgent, "aren't women terrible" arsewipe of a manbaby who learns next to nothing.
I didn't dislike it but its message is shitty as fuck.
Are the characters likable? Yes. Are the characters respectable? No. However, this movie helped me realize you don't need to respect a character to feel connected to them. For various reasons I am not going to give a lot of personal thoughts on this movie, but it just hit me in so many unique ways. Is this movie competently acted, competently directed, and made with some solid themes? Absolutely. Would I recommend it? Probably not.
Sentence: One reason I was able to connect with this movie is because I didn't take everything that happens literally... if that means anything to my future self reading this review.
Lisa Bonet is the most beautiful creature to ever grace this planet.
Well written and acted. A little slow to the pace. I know these record store employees, although now they are a little sad as brick and morter stores are disappearing.
I somehow managed to avoid seeing High Fidelity until now but I had to finally do it after liking/watching About A Boy just before. Is there a movie that features a character who talks to the screen as much as John Cusack's character here? I really like it. And I like the complexity of Hornby's depiction of committed relationships.
And, yeah, I like Jack Black.
I should go back and listen to all the songs in this movie and probably make tapes from them.
A great and different rom-com, I think a good sound track with 60's/70's rock can get me to like just about any movie.
Jack Black was great, this might be my favorite role of his.
Unpopular opinion, I didn't much care for this or the book and why would Joan Cusack play opposite John Cusack and not play his sister and just play a woman that is his friend but looks exactly like him in a wig. In what world does casting brother and sister not as brother and sister in movies make sense. I have many passionate feelings about this.
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