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.
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.
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…
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 came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. 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? "
When a movie opens with these lines you know you are in for a treat.
Top 5 Reasons to love this movie.
1. John Cusack - He plays the heart broken, in need & desperate lover to perfection. I personally think he is the best for the role. Him in this some…
I tried to find this movie on vinyl, but all the fucking dj's are hoarding it.
How could I not like a film that is about the importance of books, movies and music?
A man who gets broken up with is unable to keep a relationship past a good connection to a more serious level narrates the events at the beginning which follows to his success with a woman at the end via mix tape.
Great movie, I get now why people have such a high opinion of John Cusack, I mostly think of him on 2012, which is pretty cruel. Anyways this movie has great structure with the top 5s and having him narrate directly into camera works, generally I steer clear of movies that use that, but in this case it's perfect since it is a coming of age movie that delves into the insecurities of actually growing up.
Never noticed how well the inner-monologue of Hornby's book is so well grafted into the language of cinema without either losing the feeling of the original or feeling like compromises were made in either direction for the transfer. And I may talk crap about John Cusack, but this film rides almost solely on his shoulders, and his charisma really carries it, so what I'm saying is I should talk less crap about Cusack.
Is there a film with as much emotional truth as High Fidelity? Maybe Annie Hall, and Linklater's Before Sunrise/Sunset but not much else. And those films doesn't feature the pop culture snobs that I so strongly resemble and relate to.
I watch this movie every time a relationship doesn't work out. Obviously I've seen this movie a lot. It doesn't get old. It has a warm, likable feel that a lot of movies can't capture when they're trying to be this clever. Most movies simply don't reach out and grab me nearly as much as this one does.
Rob is a record store owner who spends the majority of the movie recounting his past relationship experiences. John Cusack's performance is…
(The big review number two-hundo!)
So I was expecting to absolutely love this movie. As a little preface I should note that the first proper grown-up book I read was High Fidelity and it was when I was about fifteen, meaning I've put off watching this movie for about five years. I expected when it finally came round to it I'd love the movie just as much as I loved the book, and still found that it "spoke to me" and I could relate to it in some way. Not so, unfortunately. I should note that it's not for lack of good adaptation. As far as I'm aware High Fidelity sticks to it's source quite well, and everything that I…
Note to Self: Do not watch a film adaptation immediately after finishing the book. (Repeat as many times as it takes to remember)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When I was a teen this was my favourite movie. And when the internet became a thing I used the new technology to track down every single song that gets mentioned. Yes, you've read right. Not every song on the soundtrack, every single song that gets mentioned!
Now that I'm way older I don't watch it as often since I have the feeling that my life is slowly turning into this movie. Last year I've met with my third worst breakup and naturally I had to ask her why she dumped me. Of course she completely lost her shit, called me an asshole and had to remind me that it was I who did the dumping. And then she told me that I was the same kind of asshole as the guy in that movie that I always forced her to watch with me.
Guess it's time to put on some old sad bastard music.
"What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. 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?"