High Fidelity (2000)

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

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16 April 2000 | the ninja
Music is the soundtrack to your life
And High Fidelity shows that this is more true for Rob Gordon (John Cusack) than most people. Rob owns Championship Vinyl, a record store where he and his two employees, Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black), argue about music and insult customers. This is the background for a fantastic movie early in the year and one of the funniest movies I've seen in a while.

The movie's main plot is Rob recounting his past breakups via his favorite organizing device, the Top 5 List. He purposely excludes his most recent girlfriend, Laura, from it. He is trying to deal with her leaving him for a strange, world music-listening, martial arts-doing freak named Ian (Tim Robbins). Then he decides to look up all his old girlfriends, and in the process finds out a lot about himself.

The best scenes, however, are those in the record store - Todd Louiso and especially the utterly hilarious Jack Black steal every scene they're in. They argue over music incessantly, and anyone who knows a good deal about music will be laughing hysterically during these scenes. Dick is a quiet music geek in the classic sense of the word, while Barry is a cruel, ridiculous elitist.

In the end, High Fidelity is a wonderful, terribly funny movie with a lot of great stuff in it. See it.

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Trivia

This is the ninth film in which John Cusack and Joan Cusack have appeared together. The others are Class (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), Broadcast News (1987),Say Anything... (1989), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) and Cradle Will Rock (1999) war inc


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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 ...


Goofs

When Caroline, the journalist, is speaking to Rob in the record store, her hairstyle changes.


Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the movie Dick mentions an album by a fictional band titled 'Pop, Girls, etc'. That became the Hungarian title of the movie.


Alternate Versions

In the version premiered on Comedy Central in 2003, there are numerous dialogue changes due to adult language, but several of these can be clearly identified as alternate takes rather than overdubs:

  • 1. When Rob talks about Deep Purple and his autobiographical record collection, Dick simply says "no way."
  • 2. Rob says "is that Peter Frampton? Why?" instead of "is that Peter f'ing Frampton?" just before he enters the lounge.
  • 3. Rob says "it made me feel like less of a... whoever the hell Laura thinks I am" during the phone call to Liz.
  • 4. Rob shouts to himself "who... is Ian!?" and rips posters off the wall after he talks to Liz.
  • 5. When Liz comes into the store, she says "hey Rob... you selfish jerk!"
  • 6. In the bar, Rob says (due to a mis-edit) "but really good" twice (once in a medium shot and again in the close-up) and asks "how come suddenly I'm the world's biggest jerk?"
  • 7. At dinner with Rob, Penny calls the guy she slept with a "dirtbag" and tells Rob to "go to Hell."
  • 8. The whole scene where Rob gets Charlie's answering machine is a different take, again without language.
  • 9. The shoplifting scene has a differently paced take when Rob says "how much is this deck worth to you and how much did you steal? Can you do the math?"
  • 10. Charlie says "no, I can't believe you, Rob. I knew it. You are," in an alternate take when she sits down after the dinner party scene, instead of repeatedly cursing.
  • 11. Barry's "top five songs about death" is a different take and even has Rob adding "Not Dark Yet, by Dylan" before he runs off to get the phone.
  • 12. Rob asks "Hey! What the hell is this, huh? What is this?" when he finds Laura's flyer.
  • 13. The scene where Rob offers Barry money not to play at the release party is different.


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The Night Chicago Died
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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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