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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.
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…
If you REALLY wanted to screw me up, you should've gotten to me earlier.
The reason this film works so well has nothing to do with the music or the record store itself. The characters portrayed are universal. You could replace the record store with a comic book store or a sports bar without changing the characters or much of the story. That's not to say that the music and it's references aren't an enjoyable part of the film, they most certainly are. It's just not what makes the film good.
Most men that have been in more then one relationship, or even been through as little as one break up can identify with Rob Gordon (John Cusack) on…
After realizing I had not a very intimate relation with Stephen Frears, since I have only watched his latest film, Philomena (which did not amaze me that much), I decided to watch High Fidelity. It follows Rob Gordon, who is the owner of a music store on the verge of bankruptcy which only sells vinyl records. Unlucky in love and at the same time a walking encyclopedia of music, the walks of life end up taking him to analyze his choices and priorities, making him into a more mature person.
High Fidelity is developed in a particular structure, which I quite liked, where the main character creates a relationship with the audience by revealing his deeper thoughts and by exploring…
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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So good for so many reasons.
The best Cusack era.
The definitive movie about commitment, Rob Gordon shows us what it means to be a man on an island, sore from love: flawed, idealistic, searching for understanding and ultimately finding the courage to grow.
Just watched this film again. I forgot how much I loved the characters and the music. It makes me think that I should have movie lists along the same lines as the lead. High Fidelity would be added to my 'Top Ten Movies to Revisit on a Lazy Saturday' list. Plus, I think I'll make a mix tape, now that the rules are fresh in my mind. ;)
Anyone who's a music lover (and less than lucky in love) should see this movie.
Easily one of my top-five favorite films. I'm a sucker for storys where characters undergo discernible growth, and in this case I particularly identify with Rob Gordon's arc. It's funny, and sharp, and well-acted all around. Probably my favorite John Cusack movie.
The book is one of my favorites as well, and this movie is up there with the best book adaptations (The Shawshank Redemption and Fight Club also come to mind). The use of music and breaking the fourth wall are perfect.
If this movie wasn't already made, I'd be writing it right now.
Hight Fidelity is mijn favoriete boek van Nick Hornby en waarschijnlijk ook één van mijn favoriete boeken ooit. In zulke gevallen valt de verfilming vaak tegen, maar die vlieger gaat met High Fidelity niet op.
Althans, niet helemaal. High Fidelity is niet de beste film ooit, maar wel een hele fijne. Het is bijna een romcom voor mannen, al moet je de romantiek even vervangen voor het tegenovergestelde. Hoofdpersoon Rob Gordon (John Cusack) heeft het net uitgemaakt met zijn vriendin Laura. Zij met hem, eigenlijk. Dat geeft Rob de gelegenheid om de vierde muur te doorbreken en zijn Top 5 relatiebreuken met de kijker te delen. Dit zal de rode draad van de film blijken, waarbij het toch vooral draait…
John Cusack's 'top five break-ups' centres this film, set in a second-hand vinyl store. It's a wee bit too clever for its own good, and co-star Jack Black is extremely annoying, but for record collecting geeks there will be a frisson of recognition with the store owner.
The ladies in the case include Natasha Gregson Wagner (daughter of Natalie Wood), Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, and Lili Taylor. As Cusack shares his thoughts he speaks directly to camera and so this film feels 'fly on the wall', but it isn't quite enough to keep the viewer's attention.
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