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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…
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…
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")…
High Fidelity used to be one of my favorite films of the 2000s. That doesn't say much since the 2000s are my least favorite decade for movies but I loved it so much that I used to make everyone around me watch it so that we could talk about it. When I met someone new and started to talk about movies High Fidelity was one of the films that I usually brought up as a personal favorite.
There was a problem though. I hadn't watched it in over decade and hadn't even realized it. I had watched it so many times when I was at college that all the scenes and the dialogue stuck with me to the degree that…
Finally caught up with this. Loved it. Cusack is perfect. Can't believe it took me this long to see this. Don't make my same mistake.
After Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the best fourth wall breaking example.
as realistic and relatable of a character arc i've ever seen in a rom-com. what happened to john cusack? he's so good!! cute little movie, pretty unconventional for what it is.
I love this movie. I love it so much and relate to it so much. It does not matter that I am a lady and this is a man's movie. Because it is. And that is okay.
It is so close to the excellent source material, while still able to stand alone. And it's got a SUPER clear vision and style. For that, I praise it.
Here's some rambling opinions from my mouth hole, along with Dan Scully and Garrett Smith.
Listen to our full discussion of High Fidelity on my podcast, I Like To Movie Movie.
"I can see now I never really committed to Laura. I always had one foot out the door, and that prevented me from doing a lot of things, like thinking about my future and... I guess it made more sense to commit to nothing, keep my options open. And that's suicide. By tiny, tiny increments."
The above quote is the only line from this movie that should ever appear on a profile page or a dorm-room wall. This is the lesson it takes Rob over 2-hours of run-time, and almost half of his not-depicted-on-film life to learn, and yet the lesson my generation has…
forever and always the perfect movie to help dissect what I need to be doing right and what I should stop doing.
been how long and I'm still acting like an elitist sometimes. gotta knock that shit off.
As I age and grow to appreciate the value of commitment and the fruits that sacrifice bears, this hilarious film gets better and better. As I grow into proper manhood (God, I hope), the myriad lessons that Rob Gordon learns through the course of the film become more relevant each time I revisit it. The film itself represents the value of commitment in that the more time I spend with it - the more I engage with it - the more it cements itself as an essential piece of my own cultural lexicon.
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I liked this movie overall but ohmygod the dudes in this are such assholes (except for Dick)
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