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A male-perspective confessional about being an adult--but not acting like one--HIGH FIDELITY is the story of Rob Gordon (John Cusack), the thirtysomething owner of Championship Vinyl, a record store in the suburbs of Chicago. Rob is in the throes of a difficult breakup with his girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle), and he creates a list of the ex-girlfriends who qualify as his Top Five Worst Breakups, then tracks them down one by one. At work, Rob's relationship with the geeky guys who help run the store, Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black), is hilarious and juvenile: The three espouse encyclopedic knowledge of records while making lists of everything from the Top Five Side 1s and Track 1s to the Top Five Songs About Death. Director Stephen Frears works from a script based on the 1996 Nick Hornby novel of the same title, adapted by D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Cusack, and Scott Rosenberg. Frears integrates Cusack's signature goofball antics and gives him a series of talk-to-the-camera, Ferris Bueller-style monologues that Cusack delivers with personal ingenuity.
Number of Discs: 1
Rating: R (MPAA)
Film Country: USA
Sound: Stereo Sound, Surround Sound
"...HIGH FIDELITY is a solid, entertaining, and often very funny piece of work..."
Premiere - Glenn Kenny (05/??/2000)
"...Fueled by high-octane writing and wickedly comic performances..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - Michael Atkinson (09/01/2000)
"...Cool....Funny and insightful..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Total Film - Alan Morrison (08/01/2000)
"...A ruthlessly truthful and deviously smart comedy....Black's hilariously vitriolic rock snob Barry is especially impressive -- a long overdue breakthrough role for a very deserving talent..."
Box Office - Wade Major (05/01/2000)
"...HIGH FIDELITY is a sharp and satisfying romantic comedy about the difficulty of commitment....The film's music is expertly chosen..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (03/31/2000)
"...A superb adaptation....With wit and attention to record-geek trivia intact..."
Rolling Stone - Rolling Stone Staff (11/27/2003)
"...A trenchantly witty and acutely insightful script....John Cusack gives a fresh, fearless and ferociously funny lead performance..."
Variety - Joe Leydon
"...A witty, exquisitely fine-tuned adaptation of Nick Hornby's 1995 novel....The movie is sparked by more than half a dozen incisive performances..."
New York Times - Stephen Holden (03/31/2000)
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