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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…
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…
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…
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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…
Got SO much love for this film.
Absolutely love this movie. I've seen it several times and it's just the perfect Chicago, music, melancholy movie. Jack Black is incredible here, hilarious every time he's on screen. So well written, so well performed monologues by John Cusack. If I were to ever be an actor and needed to do a monologue, I'd pick the Top 5 Things about Laura as delivered by Rob Gordon. I was just struck how much of an asshole Rob really is, and how though he's self destructive and selfish, he's 100 percent relatable.
Honestly, I watched this movie at a good time the other day, as it helped put some other personal stuff of my own into perspective. Thanks Boss.
Very funny, witty and clever comedy after a record store owner's love life. Just after having been ditched by his long-term girlfriend Rob is rethinking his former failed relationships, wondering what is wrong with him. Cusack is often addressing the audience with his thoughts and memories, which gives the film a very special charm. It also helps that Jack Black as coworker at the record store delivers one of his funniest performances to date. There is a lot to agree or argue about for music lovers here who also love to order their records in anything but chronological order or write top 5 lists. It's mostly a film for them, being able to relate to the main character. But even as a romantic comedy about someone who can't let go of his last relationship, this works wonderfully.
High Fidelity is a well acted comedy drama film with plenty of good moments throughout. I felt that the cast were very good in their roles, especially lead actor John Cusack. The film perfectly blends two genres into one, and overall, High Fidelity is an enjoyable affair that is entertaining from start to finish. I felt that there could have some slight improvements, and at times the film isn’t as good as what it should have been, but overall, this is a satisfying affair that should entertain anyone going into it. With a good script, and good cast that have effective chemistry, High Fidelity is a worthwhile picture to watch. The story is simple, yet it’s its simplicity that makes…
I love the book by Nick Hornby which I have read a few times. So it's no surprise that this is one of my all time top 5 favourite films. John Cusack is perfect as Rob. That goes for Jack Black's Barry too.
And the soundtrack kicks f*cking ass.
High Fidelity is a faithful adaptation of Nick Hornby's book. Aside from keeping most of the dialogue intact, the narration is mostly of the confessional-monologue-while-looking-at-the-camera-type, and I think this perfectly captures the spirit of the book. (Although I think book Rob has a lot more self-loathing than movie Rob.)
Cusack, Black and Louiso are perfect as Rob, Barry and Dick respectively, and they exhibit excellent comedic timing that I think keeps the movie from feeling like a drag.
Gracias a esta película descubrí que no hay emoji de disco vinil. Es como una decepción a nuestro hipster interno. Pues la miseria vino antes que la música, por eso hay grandes interpretes como Lupita D'Alessio.
¿El personaje de John Cusack, esta escrito para que te caiga en los huevos, verdad?
High Fidelity doesn't seem to have its own vision. It is a literal take on the novel with the same title. Yes, we have an unreliable narrator in the novel, and look, this same narrator (but with a different surname) is also narrating his grand assholeness. There are voice-overs, but those won't do. He needs to narrate directly to the camera with that conspiratorial smugness. Yes, I get it. He's too self-absorbed to notice anyone. But this talking and looking at the camera is a pet peeve that will never work for me. Good thing there's Dick and Barry.
Directed by Stephen Frears, Music by Howard Shore, Music Supervised by Kathy Nelson. 113 min. R. Starring: John Cusack (Rob Gordon), Iben Hjejle (Laura), Todd Louiso (Dick), Jack Black (Barry), Lisa Bonet (Marie De Salle), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Charlie Nicholson), Joan Cusack (Liz), Tim Robbins (Ian “Ray” Raymond), Lili Taylor (Sarah Kendrew), Joelle Carter (Penny Hardwick), Sara Gilbert (Anaugh). A surly record store owner in Chicago, who is going through a breakup, begins going back through his “top five breakups” to try to discover why he has such terrible luck with relationships – and ends up discovering more than perhaps he bargained for. Cusack is pretty perfect as the oftentimes rude and shallow Rob Gordon, and his record store employees Louiso and Black are a riot. Often very funny but not without heart. Tim Robbins is hilarious in a small appearance as a pseudo-intellectual would-be suitor.
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