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12/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

High Fidelity review

Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is a music lover who narrates and explains the nature of his relationships. He tries to reconnect with his ex’s after a break-up with his previous girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle). Rob works with Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black) at a record store named Championship Vinyl. Lowlights were the lack of charisma of Laura’s character to be likable, lead being to whiny and light plot. Highlights were the cool soundtrack, solid supporting cast, camera direction and style of storytelling. Screenplay was sensational with lines from Rob – “Relationships have become more sophisticated.” “We were frightened of being left alone for the rest of our lives.” “I'm tired of the fantasy, because it doesn't really exist.” “This is fate, this is destiny; it is beyond my co...

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12/19/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"High Fidelity" by Yojimbo

An under achieving record store owner decides to contact a list of old girlfriends when he is dumped yet again to find out why he is doomed to be alone. Being EXACTLY the kind of anally retentive taste Nazi you see working in Championship Vinyl, I feel I have to point out that American remakes of British stories are almost without exception, a TERRIBLE idea. But somehow, the relocation of Nick Hornby's celebrated novel to Chicago actually works quite well. It's partly because the characters are so well observed that it transcends any cultural differences there might be and of course, a screwed up relationship is a screwed up relationship wherever you happen to be on the globe. It also helps that John Cusack was pretty much born to play the role of Rob and his exasperated rants and hilario...

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07/30/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

John Cusack at his best.

I knew I was hooked about forty-five minutes into the film when I realized that I was completely engrossed in John Cusack's Rob Gordan. He is easily the most fascinating film character I have seen in a long time. The movie lives and dies by the script and Cusack's performance. Both succeed.
"High Fidelity" isn't really plot or story driven, it is very much an intimate character piece. I doubt most people are familiar with films like it, and it wouldn't surprise me if some people were put off by the lack of story. But fans of intelligent cinema will definitely enjoy this film as an interesting work of character.
The script is well-written, the direction strong, and the Cusack-talking-to-the-camera works helps keep the simple story moving. In a movie so completely about one character what...

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08/20/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rock On

Rob Gordon is a Chicago record store owner who is not very lucky with the ladies. In this film he sets out to see why this is, after being recently dumped by his latest girlfriend Laura. John Cusack does a great job as Rob, portraying a critical guy just trying to get his life together. Although Cusack does a great job, the supporting cast is what makes this film. I think everyone who has ever had a retail job in their 20s or 30s knows somebody like Rob’s co-workers (Louiso and Black). This was the first movie I remember seeing Jack Black in, and it still remains my favorite. He delivers each of his hysterical lines perfectly. Louiso plays a perfect straight guy to Black’s craziness. The one downfall was Iben Hjejle as Laura. She didn’t do a bad job in the film, but something abo...

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03/26/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Get your patchouli stink outta my store!

My first thought about this movie is that it's a great movie to watch when you're pissed off. Basically, the movie is one long moan and groan session, and they say misery loves company. Especially if you're pissed off at girls, but that's a whole different tangent we don't have time for. Apparently some people may not appreciate the male-centric point of view. The sad truth is that this movie is about a guy's dating history narrated BY THE GUY... it's not going to be an unbiased look at each sex's role in a relationship. It's like going to see Die Hard and then complaining about gun fights while you eat an orange and then complain about how your produce can't store very many MP3's. It doesn't make it a BAD movie, just like that doesn't make it a BAD orange.

I love the parts where...

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