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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…
John Cusack and Jack Black at there best, perfect narration, non stop entertainment, I love it high fidelity check it out.
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…
In addition to all the other things he is/was, my husband once managed a record store. His knowledge of music actually out-surpasses his knowledge of film. I won't lie, being married to him might be tedious at times (because he knows just about everything about everything, or at least he thinks he does) but I wouldn't give him up for anything.
Happy early Father's Day, Eric!
Structurally baffling, at times morally reprehensible... but damn if Cusack ain't charismatic. Not a masterpiece, barely even good, but still... a little good!
I saw this once and liked it fine, but I was like 16-years-old and had to watch it on basic cable, so I've wanted to go back and see if it's better than I gave it credit for, especially since so many people really love it. Having gone back, I still only like it pretty well. I love that John Cusack gets to play such a dick in a leading role, but he's just not that interesting of a dick. His performance is strong, and I like the whole indie rock world, so I was never bored - but I was never too far from getting distracted by my phone.
I'm moving this up a half star. It attacks so much and embraces so much. Starting a record label, hanging out at a record store, the truth with one-night stands, top five lists (a cliche now, but awesome back then), Cusack vs. Cusack, meeting your girl through a common love (music), the hitting home of how to make a proper mix tape(!), and a hundred other tiny little moments that are just so perfectly and honestly written.
I always hated the vibe the movie moves towards with the "Laura's dad died" bit - and I still do, but the way the record store handles it is great.
Fuck it. We're Sonic fucking Death Monkey.
I don't think I got it. I am too inexperienced to have had one serious relationship, let alone five. So there wasn't much in the way of "relating" to the characters. But John Cusack is great in this.
Funny, enjoyable film. John Cusack perfectly captures this music-obsessed man-child who is too afraid to grow up. Coupled with a great supporting cast and a wonderfully hilarious Jack Black, it makes for a very good film.
Top 5 reasons this movie is awesome... Ah fuckit, it's just alright.
From the opening moments of the movie, I basically knew I would love it. It's cerebral; we're always in Rob's mind, knowing what he thinks and learning that, yes, he is a giant dick.
It is about, largely, the five break ups, dating back to 7th grade, that he can't get over. He mulls over them because there's always something wrong with him that drives girls away. And that something is that he's so god damn self centered. The very problem is what he's lamenting about the entire movie.
This is a time that's dominated by lists and the entire movie is the top five [insert thing here] list. Top five break ups, top five first songs off of A sides, top five songs about death (Edmund Fitzgerald, of course). It's poking fun at the list culture by making the lists absurd to actually interesting to, well, self centered.
With the luxury of an amazing text to work off - in Nick Hornby's novel of the same name - this film nails the tone and morals of the original story while tweaking minor elements to aid in the jump to screen, best exemplified by a change of setting from London to Chicago (and the ensuing shift of the cultural lens). In doing this, director Stephen Frears manages to offer a credible, screen-worthy repackaging of Hornby's great novel.
The story of Rob Gordon- the owner/operator of a smalltime independent vinyl store in Chicago and cynical man-child who thinks/talks in top 5 lists and has never let go of his first failed romance, or any since, is brought to life by…
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