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High Fidelity

High Fidelity

DVD - 2000
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Rob Gordon's record store is semi-failing, and his long-time girlfriend has just walked out on him. In order to figure out where things went wrong (and why he can't commit), he examines his past relationships with other women.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Touchstone Pictures, [2000]
ISBN: 9780788823305
0788823302
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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RoyalJellyIII
Jan 26, 2021

If you're already familiar with the book, then none of the plot elements will surprise you. Besides the changes in the locale and the genre of music that the protagonist is most obsessed about, it is actually a very loyal adaptation. Heck, large chunks of the book are recited in verbatim! But the film still didn't sit well with me. I felt that they've softened the protagonist a little too much to make him more palatable to the audience. Most notably, I cite the part when John Cusack offered to put out the single by those skateboard punk rockers. Rob Fleming in the book would've never done that. And I also cite the part after Laura's father's funeral when Laura wanted to have sex in the car to assuage her grief and Rob Gordon didn't make that cruel comment that Rob Fleming in the book did. Plus Jack Black is wildly miscast and sticks out like a sore thumb.

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iloveseaotters
Oct 19, 2020

When I first saw "High Fidelity" forever ago, I hated it but I think that was I found Jack Black to be majorly obnoxious. My second viewing was much better and I have to say that it's not a bad movie at all. It was a lot slower than I expected and sometimes it was hard to concentrate on it, but John Cusack was amazing in the lead role. Jack Black didn't seem quite so annoying this time around and it was fun seeing John team up again with Tim Robbins (Tim had a small but hilarious role in "The Sure Thing"). Kind of a dark movie with not a lot of comedy (unless you think that the F word is funny), but the music is great.

Also here is my review for Gross Pointe Blank which is also in this collection:
The thing I loved most about this movie is that it was a reunion for the class of 1986 which is my high school class as well. I didn't care for the action and violence but I loved John Cusack and Minnie Driver.

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Lady_Librarian
Jun 22, 2020

Meh, I liked the TV show better. I maybe would have felt different if I had watched the movie before the TV show. I would be curious how they both compare to the book...

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heatherfoster02
May 30, 2019

One of my favorites!!!!!

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JOSEPH SARDO
Feb 27, 2018

Woot! Great movie that hits me in all the right spots... takes place in a record store (corresponding to my love of still buying physical music), Jack Black and his co-worker were both funny sidekicks to John Cusack's character, who was a masterful crafter of a great story. Loved the idea of a record collection that was autobiographical and all of the comments about music throughout. I often didn't know the references perfectly, but it was still fun to see the banter.

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Matinee
Sep 12, 2016

High Fidelity is a great break-up movie and a fantastic film for music geeks.

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GHN
Mar 25, 2016

This movie is classified as music or musical in its main subjects in many movies review sites. No, it's not.

It's a romantic drama, a story of a music record store's owner. Of course you will hear some short excepts of songs, and about 4 bars of songs at the end.

If you expect seeing, hearing music related topics more than hearing the names of some performers, bands or composers, you will be deceived!

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SmartAssAWhip
Sep 21, 2015

For a "man" supposedly in his 20's(or 30's?), John Cusack's protagonist was as annoyingly melodramatic as a hormonal teenager as opposed to someone who "had his sh*t together" enough to pull off owning his own record store, yet he resorted to childish overreactions. Even tho' I got most of the music references, I found the laughs were lacking. Jack Black was decent. Being almost 2 hours long, made it even more excruciating to watch.

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Nursebob
Jun 23, 2015

Like "The Big Chill" for Generation X, Stephen Frears’ most unromantic romantic comedy points a caustic finger at its self-absorbed delusional protagonist, an 80s brat finding himself alone again yet perpetually clueless as to what exactly happened. But Rob’s character is not entirely without sympathy—certainly his latest ex has more than her share of baggage and a few encounters with past flames are sufficient to convince him that he may have dodged more than one bullet in his early years. Featuring appearances by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tim Robbins, Lili Taylor and Bruce Springsteen (?!), a well written script (Rob’s inner monologue cleverly presented as glib asides to the camera), and an impeccable soundtrack of obscure new wave classics. A nice bit of retro-looking fluff with the occasional bite.

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Isley
Jun 12, 2014

Fairly astute commentary on pretentious snobs and the relationships that consume their lives. Pretty entertaining if that’s your thing--even if it isn’t quite as insightful as it thinks it is (not even close to Rohmer on his worst day).

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rtnikko
May 13, 2016

"The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem" - Rob

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rtnikko
May 13, 2016

Rob: "I've started to make a tape... in my head... for Laura. Full of stuff she likes. Full of stuff that make her happy. For the first time I can sort of see how that is done."

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Monolith
Apr 27, 2012

Rob: "What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?"

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Monolith
Apr 27, 2012

Rob: "Get your patchouli stink outta my store!"

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Monolith
Apr 27, 2012

Barry: (performing at the record release party) "Rob, thank you for that kind introduction. We're no longer called Sonic Death Monkey. We're on the verge of becoming Kathleen Turner Overdrive, but just for tonight, we are Barry Jive and his Uptown Five."

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Monolith
Apr 27, 2012

Customer: "Hi, do you have the song "I Just Called To Say I Love You?" It's for my daughter's birthday." Barry: "Yeah, we have it." Customer: "Great, great, can I have it?" Barry: "No, no, you can't." Customer: "Why not?" Barry: "Well, it's sentimental tacky crap. Do we look like the kind of store that sells "I Just Called to Say I Love You"? Go to the mall."

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Monolith
Apr 27, 2012

Rob: "I can't fire them. I hired these guys for three days a week and they just started showing up every day. That was four years ago."

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Monolith
Apr 27, 2012

Barry: "Rob, I'm telling you this for your own good, that's the worst f**kin' sweater I've ever seen, that's a Cosby sweater. A Cosssssssby sweater. Did Laura let you leave the house like that?"

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Monolith
Apr 27, 2012

Rob: "Should I bolt every time I get that feeling in my gut when I meet someone new? Well, I've been listening to my gut since I was 14 years old, and frankly speaking, I've come to the conclusion that my guts have sh*t for brains."

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