Overall Rank: 643
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 374
Theatrical Release Date: 03/31/2000
Genre: Biography, Romance
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Stephen Frears
Actors: John Cusack, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Iben Hjejle
Plot: A record store owner has trouble with relationships as he recalls his last 5 break ups.
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FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 02/28/2013
I enjoyed this film. It was very slow moving throughout, but that wasn't too bad as you get to sit back and listen to a great soundtrack and have a few laughs. John Cusack was great as the self-loathing and insecure adult obsessed with music and the past. I recommend this movie for music lovers and people who like more realisticly timed movies.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 03/25/2012
High Fidelity is a snarky and sarcastic comedy that will appeal to music and comedy lovers alike. John Cusack harks back to his 1980's heyday of playing witty and music-obsessed characters. The film is an ode to broken hearts for the hipster generation, populated with funny supporting performances and a great soundtrack.
Snoogans - wrote on 03/21/2012
This film mostly amounts to discussions of past relationships, break-ups and music. A rom-com that is not structured in the formula of the genre and is relatable at times. It had a fair amount of laughs and the dialogue was always entertaining.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/22/2011
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 …
Yojimbo - wrote on 12/19/2011
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 …
mdtinney - wrote on 07/30/2009
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 …
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