High Fidelity (2000)

This is before Jack Black was huge. He’s quite funny here in a supporting role. John Cusack’s character is the consummate “cool dude” managing a record store. He is also the narrator of a quirky, hosted, cult-status film that takes the viewer through museum tour of failed relationships


High Fidelity

“Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.” -IMDB

Cast

John Cusack Rob Gordon
Iben Hjejle Laura
Todd Louiso Dick
Jack Black Barry Judd

Directed by

Stephen Frears

Written by

Nick Hornby, D.V. DeVincentis

Other Info

Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
R
Fri 31 Mar 2000 UTC
113min
IMDB Rating: 7.5

This is a hip movie for hipsters. In other words, the jokes are subtle and righteously understood by students of pop culture circa 2000. It has a simple setting: a record store and we watch Cusack’s character travel to the edge and back again not being able to keep a girl around to save his life.

While not a romantic comedy per se, this film could be recommended as a great date movie. It conjures up the lessons of falling in love in your teens through your twenties. Cusack definitely has his shit together in terms of having a pad and a job but he falls way short of what these women need. Caught in the middle: any guy whose gone through dating segments will likely relate, I know I did.

There is a scene when Jack Black and his friends go gangsta on “Rob” (Tim Robbins) the current dating interest of his late girlfriend. It’s quite a sight to see. The whole “bros before hoes” idea played out. But that scenes ends up different. Most of the film is a bit different, I guess that’s why it resonates so much with me.

FINAL THOUGHTS
In a similar tone to “Office Space,” this film is quirky hilarious. You hae excellent actors, a dynamite script, beautiful women, and of course JACK BLACK! I recommend to all but especially those with a quirky and dark sense of humor.

10/10

Author: Damien Riley

Hopelessly devoted to movies from way back when I first saw "Pete's Dragon." In 1977, it sealed the deal when I saw "Star Wars." I write about the movies I see, whether I like them or not. Sometimes I like them more than words can express! Thanks for checking out my movie reviews!

2 thoughts on “High Fidelity (2000)”

  1. This and Gross Point Blanke came out around the same time. I always prefered this. I dont know If I would consider it hipsterish. I just found it funny. I would love to work at that record shop

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