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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.
“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…
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.
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…
Wrote a fairly lengthy review at the time, in which I came down perhaps a little too hard on Ms. Hjejle—Laura's ordinariness, for lack of a better word, is not just intentional but crucial, as this is, somewhat incredibly, a light Hollywood comedy about the fine art of settling. Friends of mine argued back then that Hornby and/or the movie are too soft on Rob, but while it's not a scathing portrait, neither does it let him off the hook; there's a ghoulish sort of hilarity in his delusional celebrations when women tell him things he ought to be shamed by, culminating with the use of "We Are the Champions" after Laura says she hasn't slept with Ian/Ray ("yet")…
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…
She's in the fuckin phonebook! She should be living on Neptune! She's a myth, a ghost, an extra-terrestrial, not a person that should be living in a phonebook!
Holy shit. Let me take a moment for all my fellow film lovers and say that it is so so rare for a film to hit you at a precise moment where it perfectly reflects your life. But let me tell you that that is somehow what High Fidelity has done for me. What a special, insightful, mature, enjoyable, and real movie this is. From (500) Days of Summer to The Spectacular Now to Liberal Arts, I've always loved the final conversation between the romantic leads, and this one joins as one of the greats. Fantastic.
I remember that around the time I reviewed Juno, I accused it of being too patronizing to hipster teenagers by shoving a monotony of potentially obscure musical references literally everywhere. Being someone who spends way too music time reviewing, shopping for, and ultimately consuming music, I felt like I was being pandered to. I feel that in any case, if you want to approach a certain demographic, you have to due so with reverence, which Juno kind of lacked.
In High Fidelity, we have a movie that clearly sets out to hit all of the same nerves of the music nerd demographic, but one that passes with flying colors. All of the humor is incredibly witty and gratifying, but most…
John Cusack has the most punchable face...
John Cusack's character is so unlikable that I couldn't even try to like the movie. Jack Black is charming, though, and Tim Robbins looks exactly like Darrill from Kids in the Hall. That was a good part.
You're either connected to the movie or you don't. Sadly I did not.
"I guess it made more sense to commit to nothing, keep my options open. And that's suicide. By tiny, tiny increments."
Mixtape for Laura
The "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)" Memorial list.
1. ("You gotta kick it off with a killer to grab attention.") "I Love You" by Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers
When I look in your eyes, I see words I can't describe
Every word I'm telling you and I tell you, I love you
2. ("Then you gotta take it up a notch.") "For Crying Out Loud" by Meat Loaf
For coming to my room when you know I'm alone
For finding me a highway and for driving me home
For that I serve you
For pulling me away when I'm starting to fall
For revving me up when I'm starting to stall…
I probably like romance/romcoms a bit too much for any straight male, suggest some more like these please?
Not necessarily "Romcoms" that's a generalisation but Romance movies more along the lines of these that gave off similar vibes…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…