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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…
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…
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John Cusack looks adorable as heck but High Fidelity is pretty annoying. I went in with slight trepidation but no expectations, and am a little disappointed despite the great performances.
It gets a little better obviously, as the film goes on. But I don't really care for any of the characters in the end - maybe because they're filtered through the consciousness of this dude. That iconic scene where he's listing all the things he loves about Laura? I want to hear from Laura.
The script has its great moments though - I definitely heartily chuckled every time Jack Black almost got choked out.
I just can't picture myself watching it again. Maybe in like 20 years, but my life was definitely not improved having seen it.
High Fidelity is a very quirky movie. The entire film is built upon John Cusack's character breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to the viewer. Cusack's character just happens to be a record store owner who is also an obsessive compulsive list maker. In addition to listing his top five favorite albums for various criteria, he seeks to recollect his top five worst break ups. This concept gives them film a sense of originality as the beginning unfolds like a non-linear narrative that switches between flashbacks and the present. However, this style is not maintained throughout the entire film. In terms of humor, I didn't find this movie to be anything groundbreaking, but a young Jack Black does provide…
There isn't a single bad thing I can say about this movie, immediately up there with my all-time favorites. I'm so surprised I've never seen this sooner, it just left me with a huge smile on my face and not that many films can do that.
I watched this originally when I was on my voyage of discovering movies. I had my John Cusack phase and I admired that guy. This movie is probably on the top of his best ones. Definitely top. I fell in love with this movie a lot. It had love, heartbreak, comedy, wit, great music. I loved every bit of it.
Then I forgot about it for almost 8 years. It was in my subconscious. I had maintained the feeling I had when I saw it but the details were a bit foggy. Like a childhood game of which you know the rules but you don't remember playing it. I had conversations about this movie with a lot of people. I…
I love this movie. I bought the BluRay about three years ago, but tonight, I gloriously peeled off the shrink wrap, put the disc in the player and hit play!
Rob sets the tone early breaking the fourth wall: "What came first the music or the misery?... Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?"
The very first moment Barry, Rob, and Dick are in the record store it had me pining for a good independent neighborhood vinyl haven. But even more so, I wanted to go down to Championship Vinyl and just hang out, spin some records and goof around while riffing on Barry, Dick, with an…
Great soundtrack, breaking of the fourth wall, and John Cusack. What more could a person want?
Part of 2016: Groundhog Year
- I love this book. I love this film. Each have their own merits. Both are beautiful, smart and funny. Nick Hornby is my man.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
God i love this movie, and strangely enough I'm kind of struggling with what to say about it.
I'm not sure why is so hard to say something, anything, if i had to force it i would start with how funny it is, the characters are likable, well acted and very well written. Is also clever and the more emotional part are never forced or clashed with it's sense of humor or tone.
At the end the movie is the portrait of a break up or in any case of everything that happens after one and the steps of it, with one of its bigger strengths being that Rob is an asshole, he is a likable one sure, and framing…
Amazing film with amazing writing and an amazing message. John Cusack is great in this role and very relatable. The story is told in a very cool, break-the-fourth-wall-non-linear kinda way. Very well paced and edited. Loved it a lot
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