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From the guys who brought you GROSSE POINTE BLANK comes the absolutely hilarious HIGH FIDELITY. John Cusack (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH) stars as Rob Gordon, the owner of a semi-failing record store located on one of the back streets of Chicago. He sells music the old-fashioned way -- on vinyl, with two wacky clerks, the hysterically funny rock snob Barry (Jack Black) and the more quietly opinionated underachiever Dick (Todd Luiso). But Rob's business isn't the only thing in his life that's floundering -- his needle skips the love groove when his longtime girlfriend Laura (newcomer Iben Hjejle) walks out on him. And this forces him to examine his past failed attempts at romance the only way he knows how! For a rocking fun time, give HIGH FIDELITY a spin. It's sure to make your all-time top five list for comedies -- with a bullet.
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The self-dialoguing in Mr. Cusack's Rob to me is as close to a honest confession of a man's view point as can be. How Rob sees women and relationships are how many men (regardless of age) see women and relationships. Men are in general not as self-aware and as emotionally mature as women are (not a put-down here). This movie gives me an insight into how men's mind at work on a sub-conscious level.
This movie deserves a 5 star because of its realness and the great ensemble cast. A true conversational topic if you ever wanted to talk about relationship and movie in a social situation. :)
Rob (John Cusack) is an ordinary guy who owns a small record store (aside from the usual CDs, he has actual RECORDS), and has just broken up with his beautiful girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle), who is now dating their obnoxious ex-neighbor. He has a long history of getting together with women, only to lose them to other men.
But Laura's leaving is a bit of a wakeup call to Rob, especially considering the weirdo she is now dating. So he drifts back into contact with his previous girlfriends (including the one from seventh grade). Laura tells him that they have a nine percent chance of getting back together, and spells out why she got together with her new boyfriend. And in doing so, he learns some new things about life, love, and commitment.
If you dislike the above description, then "High Fidelity" won't be a good movie for you. It's not a ha-ha-knee-slapping comedy, and it definitely has its share of unhappy moments. But it's very wry, witty, and well-written. (After having read the book, I conclude that it's probably also one of the most faithful adaptations too) And I felt like it gave me a bit of insight into the male brain, although I don't think that Rob is really representative of the male population in general.
The scripting is pretty good, although I got a bit tired of Rob addressing the camera. The camerawork is very good, as is the music; all sorts of music are presented throughout the story, ranging from very loud to quiet and somewhat cheesy ballads that are redeemed by the singer.
Theoretically, I shouldn't like Rob -- he's somewhat stagnated, quite self-pitying and a bit whiny. But Cusack manages to give his character a certain odd likeability, because I wanted him to live happily ever after (or at least happily for a while). Jack Black is hysterically funny as the abrasively elitist rock snob who jeers a customer out of the store when the guy asks for a sappy record; Todd Louiso (as Dick) is equally good as the sort of nice guy who always talks in a loud whisper. Iben Hjejle wasn't quite as good; she always seemed to be channeling Claire Danes, but not very well. And there are brief appearances by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, and Bruce Springsteen.
"High Fidelity" has a few flaws, but it's quite an enjoyable movie about maturity and love. It's whimsical and has a low-key sweetnss, very pleasant and likable.
There are no car chases in this movie. No explosions. No hostage situations. This just the story of an ordinary guy going through a typical breakup. But by the time it's over, you don't realize that you've just watched a very "regular" movie and loved it.
Lots of great cameos in this one too!
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