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.
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")…
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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…
How could I not like a film that is about the importance of books, movies and music?
Written by Nick Hornby, this film is every bit as good as the paper version. John Cussack plays a music anorak who is getting dumped by his girlfriend. A plot as simple as this made extremely watchable by the constant music references, opinions on that music and Cusack's loser-ish behaviour. An excellent film topped off by Jack Black singing the best song ever written, singing it well.
Absolute classic. I love pretty much everything about this film.
One of the better book-to-movie adaptations, in which its own creative liberties and directorial decisions are taken, while maintaining author Nick Hornby's sardonic spirit throughout. Excellent comedic performances from a cast including John and Joan Cusack, Jack Black, and Tim Robbins.
Hate that a movie can predict every single one of my feelings like this... A frustrating watch, wonderful, nonetheless.
Genial como vuelta de tuerca al concepto comedia romántica.
Un tipo con una tienda de discos cuya vida gira en torno al rock an roll está obseisonado con las listas de éxitos. A través de una lista de grandes éxitos y cagadas repasa sus relaciones sentimentales y la banda sonora de su vida.
An ugly, abrasive movie about obnoxious people that happen to like good music.
at no point in this movie does john cusack ever become a likable character. music's good though and jack black turns in a weirdly well done performance
OK movie, good ending with the 'Let's Get It On' song. Boring in the middle, though the 'anaconda' joke really makes me laugh.
I love this movie.
It has everything you need, a goofy supporting role, and tormented love story and a happy ending.
This is easily my favorite John Cusack movie, and I'm just a big fan of his in general.
I recommend this movie to everyone.