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High Fidelity (2000)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  31 March 2000 (USA)
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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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High Fidelity follows the 'mid-life' crisis of Rob, a thirty-something record-store owner who must face the undeniable facts - he's growing up. In a hilarious homage to the music scene, Rob and the wacky, offbeat clerks that inhabit his store expound on the intricacies of life and song all the while trying to succeed in their adult relationships. Are they listening to pop music because they are miserable? Or are they miserable because they listen to pop music? This romantic comedy provides a whimsical glimpse into the male view of the affairs of the heart. Written by <N2XFYLS@aol.com>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£696,812 (UK) (21 July 2000)

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ESP 156,175,029 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

The Marie DeSalle CD Rob pops in has the following tracks listed on it:
  • 1. Baby I Love Your Way


  • 2. Eartha Kitt Times Two (Patsy Cline Times Two in some versions)


  • 3. Ghostbusters (1984)


  • 4. Beat It


  • 5. Baby Got Back


  • 6. 911 is a Joke


  • 7. I Will Survive


  • 8. Mmm Bop


  • 9. My Heart Will Go On


  • 10. You Can't Have It


  • 11. The Time is Now


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Rob says he met Sarah after having "just been run over by Charlie" - who he dated during his sophomore year of college. However, when reminiscing about the circumstances of his and Sarah's relationship, he states that "not many people are afraid of being left alone for the rest of their lives at 26". Of course, Rob may have entered college late, but he probably started at age 18 or 19 which would leave him, at the oldest, 21 when he broke up with Charlie and flunked out of college. See more »

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[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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The main end credits are printed on music-type flyers posted on poles and walls. See more »

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References Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953) See more »

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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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