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 ...
"Vintage Vinyl", another record store mentioned in the film, is a real store in Evanston, John Cusack's hometown. See more »
When Barry shows up with his top-five-records-to-play-on-a-Monday-morning "conversation stimulator" compilation tape, Rob's hair changes between shots during the ensuing argument. See more »
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 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 »
"High Fidelity" was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise very ordinary year
of cinema. Continually I have been disappointed with the quality of this
years movies from all over the world, not just the regulation Hollywood
Admittedly my hopes weren't that high, but I still left the cinema feeling
like I got what I paid for with "High Fidelity" (this is very rare these
days). John Cusack was his usual competent self, and Tim Robbins sensational
in his small but humourous part.
No masterpiece, but well worth watching.
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