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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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Caroline Fortis
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Alison Jr. High
Rob Jr. High


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 and 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 as middle school when he was twelve, and try to come to terms with why the woman, or girl as the case may ...

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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 USA:

$6,429,107, 2 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,277,055, 10 September 2000
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debuts of Chris Rehmann and Ben Carr, who play the skaters Vince and Justin who keep stealing Rob's store. See more »


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

The opening of the film begins with the sound of the mechanism (which releases the belt that drives the turntable) initiated by the tone arm of a record player swinging over, followed by the needle making purchase in the opening groove of a vinyl record. See more »


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I'm Glad You're Mine
Written and Performed by Al Green
Courtesy of Hi Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Laugh-out-loud funny!
16 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

You don't need to be a John Cusack fan to enjoy High Fidelity, nor do you need an overt appreciation of music, the film is a highly humorous, poignant and informative look at men, relationships and love.

Cusack is at his 'Grosse Point Blank' best here, investing in his character a realism that at times is so hilarious you will need to see the movie again to hear the lines you missed the first time because you were laughing too much. His emotionally strung-out breakdown is disturbing. Here is an actor that knows his craft and knows it well.

Watch out for the air-conditioning 'alternate outcome' scene. It still makes me laugh!

Cusack is by far a more talented performer than many on the scene and 'High Fidelity' is a testiment to this.

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