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High Fidelity (2000)

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



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Thirty-something Rob Gordon, a former club DJ, owns a not so lucrative used record store in Chicago. He not so much employs Barry and Dick, but rather keeps them around as they showed up at the store one day and never left. All three are vinyl and music snobs, but in different ways. Rob has a penchant for compiling top five lists. The latest of these lists is his top five break-ups, it spurred by the fact that his latest girlfriend, Laura, a lawyer, has just broken up with him. He believed that Laura would be the one who would last, partly as an expectation of where he would be at this stage in his life. Rob admits that there have been a few incidents in their relationship which in an of themselves could be grounds for her to want to break-up. To his satisfaction, Laura is not on this top five list. Rob feels a need not only to review the five relationships, which go back as far a middle school when he was twelve, and try to come to terms with why the woman, or girl as the case may be... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy about fear of commitment, hating your job, falling in love and other pop favorites. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alta fidelidad  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,429,107 (USA) (31 March 2000)


$27,277,055 (USA) (8 September 2000)

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Did You Know?


When Rob talks with Liz after Laura's father's funeral, a Danish flag and pictures from Denmark are visible on the mantelpiece just behind the actors. Iben Hjejle is Danish. See more »


When Rob switches on Bruce Springsteen's "The River", we see the record he's playing has an Impulse label. "The River", like all Springsteen records, was released on Columbia. Also "The River" is the last song on side two, but Rob is seen playing the record from the beginning. See more »


[first lines]
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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Catherine Zeta Jones is only credited in the final cast list and not in main credits See more »


References Rocky (1976) See more »


Little Did I Know
Written by John Terlesky
Performed by Brother JT 3
Courtesy of Drag City
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Music is the soundtrack to your life
16 April 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

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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