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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…
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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…
"Only people of a certain disposition are frightened of being left alone for the rest of their lives at 26."
I'm nursing a broken heart right now and while I found this movie a bit too... dudey? for me to completely relate to on a personal level, I am grateful for that particular line for making me laugh out loud at my own misplaced defeatism. I'm really young and dumb. What a relief!
Top 5 GREAT things about High Fidelity
1. John Cusack
2. It hurts so bad
3. Barry Jive and the Uptown Five
4. Arbitrary top 5 lists
5. "Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?"
Too many honorable mentions to list here.
I loved this movie in 2000 and couldn't stand it earlier this year. Have I changed so much? The entire film just screams 1990s, and it just didn't seem remotely relevant to me on my second watching.
I wasn't expecting much from this movie and I'm really glad I was wrong. High Fidelity is the perfect mix of humour, depth and lightness all combined with these cheesy and comforting early 2000's vibes.
--- Decent 8 ---
me: watches high fidelity once, thinks i'm john cusack
Ein Film der keine Beschreibung braucht. Wenn es Leute gibt, die ihn noch nicht gesehen haben, dann müssen diese es nachholen.
Der Film ist große Liebe!
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A John Cusack classic and a truly remarkable movie about music, relationships and man problems! Breaking the 4th wall at will and keeping the audience hooked with his past and present problems without dragging it was a really good move. How he struggled to come to terms with his own shortcomings and tries to sort his life thus messing it up much much more!!! Humourous dialogues with a great sense of comic timing together with a scathing attack on the protagonist himself makes it a really good watch! Highly recommended!
this entire movie just screams manpain (((i must say it made me wanna buy like 800 records and also the soundtrack is a+)))
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