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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.
“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?”
Stephen Frear’s High Fidelity breaks the fourth wall from the very opening scene as Rob Gordon (John Cusack) begins sharing with us about his top 5 breakups right at the time his girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), is moving out of his apartment and leaving him. It is evident he is hurt, but he brushes it off by saying she doesn’t even rank in his list of the most hurtful breakups. That is when he begins listing who each one of them were…
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…
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…
Where most films and their tales of love are more or less enticing due to the fantasy of "this is how love should be" or "I wish love was like this", High Fidelity is so hard-hitting and entertaining due to its content being so real.
stereolab is in it and so is the guitarist from don caballero
1. How old is the youngest person alive who unironically uses the phrase “making love?”
2. How old is the youngest Richard alive who consents to being called Dick?
3. Is Rob Gordon velumiphobic?
It's characters like the vulnerable, insecure, fragile, down to earth, quirky and simple Rob Gordon in High Fidelity that make you believe in John Cusack again. The action flicks are not really his shit (even Con Air).
while we're on the subject, this cracks the top2 of my favorite Cusack movies, just behind Say Anything...
Competent flick to watch with someone. Nothing special.
Νομίζω βρήκα την πρώτη rom - com που μ'άρεσε!
Επίσης, is it just me ή ο Rob κι ο Ted Mosby είναι μάλλον ο ίδιος άνθρωπος;
A pretty great and intelligent romantic comedy about an asshole who becomes less of an asshole. John Cusack is perfectly cast as the selfish music snob who can't understand why his relationships don't last, and the supporting cast is quite well-rounded, with special mention to Jack Black as an exaggerated version of what Cusack could've been. The script is very smart, and either avoids most of the typical rom-com cliches or subverts them in a realistic way. Even the fourth-wall breaking was a great way to have the main character narrate without coming across as obnoxious; it felt like cool a throwback to Cusack's 80's films. And obviously for a film about music, the soundtrack is excellent and fitting.
I think it runs a little long for a romantic comedy, as you can only deal with annoying characters for so long, but I would still definitely put this up there as one of the best of its genre.
La película que todo melómano debe ver, sea hoy, mañana o a la vuelta de un insomnio.
La historia que todo hombre pasó alguna vez (o vaya a pasar).
Una década y media esperé verla, si eso no es fidelidad...¡entonces no tengo idea! Música y desamor, yeah!
P.D.: Si esto se adaptara al mundo femenino, de seguro tendría éxito...también.
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