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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.
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…
I just realized I love this movie
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…
John Cusack's seriousness mixed with Jack Black's comedy was very entertaining. Haven't actually laughed out loud this much in a looong time. The narration was a great decision and High Fidelity is an incredibly comfortable film.
Didn't love this one mainly because John Cusack's character is not only an asshole,which he admits himself, but he also has this sense of self-entitlement and it prevented me from wanting him to be with any woman in the film.
John Cusack's character, Rob, basically embodies everything wrong with straight men. Thankfully, the screenplay seems to know this and, as a result, High Fidelity is an entertaining film about a self-centered, reasonably misogynistic man who learns just how much of an idiot he really is. I enjoyed it.
As unlikable as his character may be, John Cusack does a fabulous job playing Rob. This is easily the best performance I've seen of his, and it makes me wonder why Cusack's filmography isn't more prolific. He has so much screen presence and charisma. The whole cast is actually pretty strong, however, with Lisa Bonet, Catharine Zeta Jones and especially Joan Cusack doing a lot heavy lifting as they develop their characters.…
I was not prepared for how self-aware and humorous this movie was going to be. Along with Before Sunrise I am equally disappointed and delighted I put this off for so long. Disappointed because I enjoyed them both so much. Delighted because I am not sure younger, more immature me would have been able to appreciate either movie as much as I did.
John Cusak is terrific here and I am wondering what happened to his career after this because I feel the dude should have locked down bigger and better things than the trite he wound up appearing in (Identity and Runaway Jury spring to mind). Together with a perfect script, Cusak's performance feels incredibly true to life in…
Maybe it's because it was a romantic relationship-centered movie, but couldn't wait for this to be over. Maybe already seeing School of Rock ruined the bright spot of Jack Black.
I just realized I love this movie
There's no way Rob could have been unaware that Barry could sing.
Film # 22 of the "Scavenger Hunt #5" Challenge
Task # 4: A film starring Jack Black
Everyone who grew up in the eighties, early nighties, recognizes something in Rob Gordon and his store Championship Vinyl. Rob is a 30-something guy, dresses okay, pays his bills, has a good education but is also a little stuck in life. And he is especially crazy about music, all sorts, preferably vinyl or cassette tape. Rob doesn’t care about his career, he rather works with his friends. Of all the important things that happen in his life, he makes top five lists. You might call it juvenile, but it can also be called authentic.
“High Fidelity” is the adaptation of the…
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