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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.
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…
After realizing I had not a very intimate relation with Stephen Frears, since I have only watched his latest film, Philomena (which did not amaze me that much), I decided to watch High Fidelity. It follows Rob Gordon, who is the owner of a music store on the verge of bankruptcy which only sells vinyl records. Unlucky in love and at the same time a walking encyclopedia of music, the walks of life end up taking him to analyze his choices and priorities, making him into a more mature person.
High Fidelity is developed in a particular structure, which I quite liked, where the main character creates a relationship with the audience by revealing his deeper thoughts and by exploring…
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…
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…
My Top 5 considerations regarding 'High Fidelity':
1 - You must not be afraid of commitment,
2 - Girls are complicated and can not be trusted,
3 - Standing so many times in the rain will probably make you catch a cold,
4 - In order to sell records, you must really captivate the customer (this obviously includes not swearing),
5 - John Cusack is not definitely one of my favorites. Jack Black, instead, Jack Black, instead, is much better in the matter of entertaining.
One of the few romantic films I have ever enjoyed, a must watch for music fans but does get dry in the last portion of the film.
This movie has its moments but it is Jack Black that steals the show.
Although I don't particularly like the romantic comedy genre I did love this indie gem. John Cussack plays probably the most unlikeable protagonist I've seen in a long time...and I realised I related to him in so many ways. The mopey critic who spends his time obsessively listing his favourite records while trying to figure out exactly why everybody else is to blame when his relationships fail over and over again.
The style and soundtrack just worked so well with a really engaging story and I had a great time. The cherry on the top is Jack Black, in a time when his one trick could still be pretty funny.
One of my desert-island, all-time, top-five favorite films. But seriously, this is a great film. Probably John Cusack's best work (I think he helped adapt the screenplay?), up there with Grosse Point Blank. Based on the equally excellent novel of the same name by Nick Hornby.
Acting, writing, casting, music; just all-around awesome. Pretty much a flawless film.
It's not often you get to say this but Jack Black is pretty hilarious and quite easily steals the show.
There are a handful of films like this (partial love letters to music), it'd be great to see a movie alternative (listing favourite films, actors, working in a video store etc.).
It's a little worrying to see the portrayal of the kind of people that make top 5 lists, however...
One of the few fiction books I have enjoyed reading from start to finish - it didn't feel like a complete chore to finish, I always thought I would 'get into' reading but so far no-good. I remember watching High Fidelity during school/college times (Channel 4 or BBC2, Wednesday or Thursday at 11ish), it would have been the first time I'd have come across Jack Black; he plays the role of Rob's (Cusack) over-excited, annoyingly knowing and smug colleague to perfection. Cusack is also great in his role as a bloody bloke going through a continued mid-life crisis. His t-shirt collection also has to be admired.
The British book to American film conversion kind of works, but the main characters…
Cusack is a national hero. For this particular ending to work and feel earned, the lead character needs to be likeable. He pulls it off with a sympathetic turn, which is almost a miracle considering what a giant selfish asshole his character is. Perhaps whats scary about High Fidelity is how many men can relate to the main character. As it is, this is a great examination of how men are assholes when it comes to relationships and suck at understanding women.
But yeah, it is a charmer with a killer soundtrack and a great comical supporting performance by fucking Jack Black from all people. There's honesty to be spared here, and it never tries to hide how flawed his main character really is.
I don't mind a shortage of big laughs in a comedy when it's this effortlessly likeable and musically wonderful.
John Cusack plays himself. And it's fantastic.
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