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High Fidelity
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I read others' reviews with great deal of amusement. When a movie can elicit such polarized feedback, it's got something interesting. My feeling is that regardless how "unlikeable" or "likeable" Mr. Cusack and Mr. Black's characters are, they seem real to me. I can relate to them as people I know in real life. It is really important for a contemporary comedy about relationships like this one to have characters people can relate to. As for the music, the record store characters are your everyday music lovers. Some they like, some they don't. And we all know that musical taste is highly subjective and personal.
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. :)
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Not really a comedy, not really a drama, not really a relationship movie and despite the overflowing soundtrack, not really a music movie either. I have no idea what "High Fidelity" counts as, because it's a bit of all of the above. It's pretty entertaining and sometimes quite insightful, certainly very touching and pleasant. No a comedy in the belly-laugh sense, but amusing.
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.
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on April 18, 2017
This is one of my favorite movies. I totally relate to John Cusack's character in this film. The blu-ray transfer is nicely done. Very enjoyable to watch in hi-def.
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on July 12, 2014
Easily one of my favorite John Cusack movies. I love his acting anyway, but in HIGH FIDELITY, you have to wonder if this this is really what he's like in real life. We follow his character Rob Gordon through a very rough break-up. As he is trying to work through it, he walks us through his top 5 worst breakups of all time. Just about everyone can relate to this guy, what he's going through, and what he's been through. All the while, we're being walked through the rest of his life as well. His record store, his friends that we're not sure if they're his friends or he just keeps them around, his rebound, his revelations, and eventually, his epiphany.
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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on January 9, 2014
John Cusack is deliciously self-absorbed in the part of commitment-phobic lover and record store owner, Rob. If you have someone in your life who needs a primer for growing up, this movie is a charming how-to for the possible regressive moves one may take to avoid adulthood, including rearranging a massive record collection in autobiographical order rather than do anything to accommodate your loved one's needs! Also, if you or anyone you care about is contemplating a relationship with a narcissist, this story will give you an inside look of how often your needs will take priority. Maybe you'll get lucky and your narcissist will have an epiphany like Rob. Good Luck! I prefer to laugh at a comfortable distance by watching the brilliant John Cusack and Iben Hjejle painfully and hilariously work it out!
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on September 16, 2016
One of my favorite John Cusack movies. I really liked how it kind of time stamped the Wicker Park/Bucktown Chicago neighborhoods and the popularity of vinyl during the nineties.
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on January 8, 2014
Let me preface with: I'm female. But I **LOVE** this movie. I loved the book, I love everything Nick Hornby has written, look him up if you enjoyed this because his writing voice is perfectly captured in this movie. This movie is about music and relationships and heartbreak and is also kind of a "coming of age" in your 20s movie. There are so many quotable quotes in this movie that it's ridiculous ... a movie ABOUT geek culture is in itself a movie worth geeking over. I often judge people on how cool they are based on whether they have seen this movie and/or read the book. If they hated it, I know I won't like them. Yes, the book was based in London -- but come on, John Cusack and Jack Black absolutely OWN these roles. They're fantastic and this movie is timeless. One of my all-time favorites ... and a relationship/breaking-up movie with a satisfying yet realistic ending ... fabulous. SEE IT. BUY IT. It's awesome.
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on March 3, 2017
Main character not very sympathetic, but vintage early Jack Black and a great soundtrack.
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on September 12, 2017
I liked the movie. Script was clever and John Cusack is as usual great!
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on July 17, 2013
The film centers on Rob Gordon (John Cusack), a self-confessed music geek with a poor understanding of women. After getting dumped by his current girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), he decides to look up some of his old partners in an attempt to figure out where he keeps going wrong in his relationships.

He spends his days at his record store, Championship Vinyl, where he holds court over the customers that drift through. Helping Rob in his task of musical elitism are Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black), the "musical moron twins," as he refers to them. Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things musical, they compile "top five" lists for every conceivable occasion, openly mock the ignorance of their customers, and, every so often, sell a few records.

Awesome film, the outtakes should have been included, they are hysterical
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