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High Fidelity
High Fidelity
Actors: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Todd Louiso
Director: Stephen Frears
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
R     2000     1hr 53min

From the guys who brought you GROSSE POINTE BLANK comes the absolutely hilarious HIGH FIDELITY. John Cusack (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH) stars as Rob Gordon, the owner of a semi-failing record store located on one of the back st...  more »

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Actors: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Todd Louiso
Director: Stephen Frears
Creators: Howard Shore, Lili Taylor
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, John Cusack, Love & Romance, Springsteen, Bruce, Classic Rock, Musicals
Studio: Touchstone / Disney
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/08/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 53min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Bridgett M. (WalkingAndTalking) from HOPKINS, MN
Reviewed on 11/13/2021...
What do you mean, you haven't seen High Fidelity yet? I highly recommend this movie for music geeks. The more times I watch it, the better it gets. John Cusack, Jack Black and Todd Louiso could not be better. The soundtrack is excellent, of course. The book is great, too, and at the time of posting this review, is available to order from PaperBackSwap. I read the book after seeing the movie first, and was amazed at how much of the movie is directly from the book. Watch, listen and/or read and enjoy.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Larry N. from BEALETON, VA
Reviewed on 4/1/2015...
I thought this was a fair movie. I don't think it was one of John's best. In my opinion, I think it's a bit over-rated.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 12/3/2013...
After being dumped by his latest girlfriend, a list-obsessive music junkie and Chicago record store owner (John Cusack) re-evaluates his many disastrous attempts at finding love in this dryly amusing comedy. Cusack's constant breaks through the 'fourth wall' where he addresses the viewer directly are hilarious, and so is Jack Black as an insanely elitist rock-snob record store employee (who proudly wears a Yanni tour shirt!).

Romantic comedies are not usually my 'thang' but I've always enjoyed this one due to the excellent performances and its rock 'n' roll edge.
Reviewed on 2/12/2011...
All time, top five, desert island films.
3 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Watch it twice. At least.
Mr B T Thacker | London, United Kingdom | 09/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's hard to explain to someone who hasn't seen High Fidelity, or even someone who's just seen it once, how incredibly good it is. Take first the phenomenal John Cusack, who seems to make any film he appears in twice as watchable. Is there a more underrated leading man in this decade? I doubt it. Then take into account the amazing support, knowns and unknowns - Cusack's sister Joan, Tim Robbins, Jack Black, etc. - even Zeta-Jones isn't half bad. Consider too the script, which is surprisingly faithful to Nick Hornby's (very good) book, and gives equal measure to comic and tragic relief.Fianlly, the soundtrack. Can there be any greater song to sum up Rob Thomas (John Cusack's) final revelation after the film ends than Stevie Wonder's I Believe? No. High Fidelity is the complete package - funny, touching, well-acted, scripted, directed, scored for, and unbelievably true to life. And for all those sad Englishmen writing in to complain that the movie should have been set in Britian - get real. I thank you."
Classic Cusack
D. Roberts | Battle Creek, Michigan United States | 11/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If ever there was a movie that could be construed as an allegorical representation of my life, this is it. If ever there was a Romantic Comedy written primarily for men (as opposed to women & couples), this is it!

John Cusack plays your typical everyday kind of guy who just so happens to have the absolute WORST luck with women. Stability in his personal life is ever elusive and he continues to get dumped by the women he dates. Typically he is ditched because the girl "meets another guy, and....."

Like most men, Cusack's character wants to have things both ways. He wants to have continuity in his life, yet the idea of commitment scares the tar out of him. What if he takes that giant leap but isn't able to make it to the other side of the canyon? What if he meets an even more worthwhile girl 2 days after getting married? Ah, the variables of relationships that we men torture ourselves with.

Aside from the venerable Cusack the film also features Catherine Zeta Jones as the paridigmatic "perfect" girl who is continually just-out-of-reach for we mere mortals. She sizzles in her role and it's obvious that she relished the chance to play a sort of Supermodel-type girl who is a femme fatale.

There is a hilarious scene of Cusack's persona standing in the rain outside her home that perhaps every single heterosexual male will be able to relate to (from one point of his life or other). A nice touch in the story is how they bring out the fact that old boyfriends are incessantly contacting her to find out why she dumped them.

If you're interested in watching a Romantic Comedy that's a bit bleaker than most, this one might be for you. If you're a male like me who has undergone myriad rejections in his life, this DVD is a MUST see. For men like myself stories don't get too much more cathartic than this one!"
Top 5 Reasons For Watching This Movie!
Ian Creamer | Dublin,Ireland | 02/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"My top 5 reasons as to why this is a must see film are as follows;
1)The story-The character played by John Cusack has reached his late 20's and he's just split up with his girlfriend of the past 2 years.He owns a 2nd hand record store and he's struggling to survive financially.His best frined are 2 fellow music loving eccentrics with whom he has this sort of love hate relationship.He knows he's coming to an age where he should maybe think of settling down and start making concrete plans for a secure future,yet he's been living in some sort of denial.It's the break up of this relationship that makes him suddenly question the way his life has been going.This is portrayed through the various scenes in the film but it's also totally original in the way that Cusack delivers this really funny yet at times pitiful narrative to the camera in a way that puts everything going on around him in a state of freeze-frame.He goes through the pain of trying to sort out his life during the course of the film. 2)Comedy-There are some really funny moments in the movie.The main character Cusack himself is a witty and yet comically pitiful figure.Even better are the two sidekicks he works with.They are musical snobs and the scenes in the record store are often hilarious as they deal with the less "musically-educated" customers who come to the store.One middle-aged customer who comes in to buy Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called To Say..." is dealt with in the funniest put-down manner imaginable.The contrast between his two assistants is also a source of amusement.The cameos by Tim Robbins and Bruce Sprinsteen are also hilarious-especially Robbins who is a high-flying,world music loving,martial arts expert who also looks like some sort of new age hippy and worst of all he's living with Laura,Cusack's ex-girlfriend.The scene where he confronts Cusack in the record store is totall original and is also hilarious. 3)The Girlfriends-Cusack decides to give you a glimpse of his past life by telling us his worst 5 break ups in his life.Each one is so different and it goes from the time he was in 7th grade right up to current events.He tries to meet up with all these girls again to see if there's a pattern in to where he's going wrong-usually ending up in hilarious and unexpected consequences. 4)The Music-Well it's really good.As you'd expect from the owner of a 2nd hand record store it's not your average commercial stuff but a wide range of classics and alt from the 60's through to modern times.At one stage Cusack says "I'm going to now sell 5 copies of The Beta Bands 3 E.P's".As someone who often frequents record stores myself the scene was just so accurate as the customers hear this wonderful track for the first time and immediately go from just nodding their heads in rhtyhm to the music to enquiring as to who it is?Straight after the movie I dug out my own copy of the c.d. and started to play it again for the first time in years.5)The top 5 lists-this was a particularly strong element in Nick Hornby's book from which the film is based.It's not only the variety of lists from funeral music,to break-up tracks-but it's also the way they are compiled,the useless trivia that precludes certain items,the arguments and dissing of other people's choices.It's the sort of useless arguments that many groups of guys of that age spend hours upon hours discussing. All in all this is a really enjoyable movie.It's funny and it also has a "feel good" factor to it without being cringe inducing in a Forest Gump way."