High Fidelity

Starring: Tim Robbins, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Sara Gilbert, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lisa Bonet, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Produced by: Working Title Films, New Crime Productions, Dogstar Films

Distributed by: Touchstone, Buena Vista

Genre: romance

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Review by Xibo Date seen: April 1, 2000
Viewing Location: East Village, NYC Grade: A
Summary: Great story about the difficulties of women and relationships.
John Cusack stars in this movie that shares a screenplay author with Grosse Pointe Blank (which he also starred in). So I was expecting a lot, and it didn't fail. Great acting, great story! Cusack plays this record store owner who is struggling to understand why all of his relationships end up in failure. This leads him to an analysis of his top five worst breakups, and he learns more from each analysis. It's a really funny movie with lots of great characters. I found myself completely in sympathy with this guy; a lot of the things he was going through, I have gone through as well. The only thing I was thrilled about in the movie was the music; unlike Grosse Pointe Blank, which had lots of excellent 80's hits, this movie is just filled a garage full of random selections. 

Review by hughjtoad Date seen: April 3, 2000
Viewing Location: Houston, TX Grade: A
Summary: record store employees == mudders
Jon Cusack's record store in this movie is like a mud culture - everyone corrects tiny little details, "top 5" lists abound, and rudeness to each other and outsiders is encouraged. All three of the record store types have seemingly socially-crippling personality traits, too! John Cusack does a great job, and this movie shows a bunch of interesting characters doing things other than being cops and architects and brilliant thieves; it is really very good. The supporting cast is used well; in particular the other two record store workers are Excellent. Lisa Bonet's appearance is sort of puzzling but works, and Catherine Zeta-Jons, Tim Robbins and Sara whats-her-name-from-Roseanne fit in perfectly in minor roles (Zeta-Jones is eerily well-cast for this role). See it, you bastard. [Further note: unlike Xibo, I really liked the music]  

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Review by scratch Date seen: October 2, 2000
Viewing Location: My living room Grade: A+
Summary: outstanding
I'm with Xibo on this Best in 2000 so far thing. Fantastic movie. DVD has some fun deleted scenes. Cusak has become the voice of our generation (if you were born around 1970) and the rant/movie is the voice of every guy that ever got dumped in high school. Like Xibo. Jack Black turns in his usual role as the annoying fat guy and as ususal he is the most outstanding annoying fat guy since, I dunno, Lou Costello. 

Review by Z Date seen: December 14, 2000
  Grade: B
Summary: neuroses on parade
kind of dull movie enlivened only by musical arguments and john cusack's twitchy performance, as usual. 

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