High Fidelity

August 30th, 2007 by exolstice

High Fidelity

Based on the novel of the same name by British author Nick Hornby, this film tells the story of Rob Gordon (played by John Cusack). Rob is a vinyl record store owner who’s had his share of relationship problems. In fact, the movie opens with the breakup of his latest long term relationship with Laura (played by Iben Hjejle). This elicits a description from Rob, who often breaks the fourth wall by talking to the camera, of his top 5 breakups. The top 5 device is used frequently throughout the film, to great effect, both for music and relationships.

Eventually, Rob seeks out the women in his top five, one by one, to determine what went wrong, to try and make sense, and to find a pattern in his failed relationships. He soon discovers, that his memories of those past loves were much more idealized than real. In one case, he thought he had been dumped, when in fact the reverse was true. In another case, a girl who he thought was the model of perfection (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) turned out to be a beautiful but conceited woman with nothing intelligent to say. Throughout the search for answers, he still pines for Laura, and constantly attempts to renew his relationship with her.

A good portion of the film is spent in the record shop, where Rob is helped by two employees, Dick (played Todd Louiso) and Barry (played by Jack Black). Apparently, he can’t fire them because they were hired for three days a week, and they just started showing up full time. Oh, and they’re also real music snobs, especially Barry. His exchanges with customers result in some great comedy moments.

I’m not sure why I waited so long to see this movie, since John Cusack is such a good value when it comes to films. If you’ve also overlooked this one, do yourself a favor and check it out.

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One Response

  1. Natasha

    I loved this movie, I am of course biassed, being such a big John Cusack Fan. I thought it was a pretty good adaptation of the book. I’ve also enjoyed 2 other Hornby adaptations: About a Boy and Fever Pitch (the UK film with Colin Firth, not the American version with Drew Barrymore, which I haven’t seen)

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