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

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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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31 March 2000 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,429,107 (USA) (2 April 2000)

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$27,277,055 (USA) (10 September 2000)
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Dick Cusack, father to John and Joan. Appears in his second and final film with his children. See more »

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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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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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After all the credits, the crackling out-groove of a vinyl album is heard. See more »

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Featured in Langt fra Las Vegas - om Iben Hjejle (2002) See more »

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My Little Red Book
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Love
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Top 5 Movies About Love and Music
18 February 2004 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite movies, based on one of my favorite books. "High Fidelity" is perfect if you already had a broken heart, and if you tried to heal it with some pop songs.

John Cusack is not acting - he REALLY IS Rob Fleming (Rob Gordon in the movie). If there are doubts about it, I just say that he made the soundtrack compilation and collaborated with the screenplay.

The supporting cast is also perfect. Jack Black and Todd Louiso couldn't be better. Tim Robbins, as the world-music-fan, is a nice surprise, and Joan Cusack is always funny.

It looks like everyone had a lot of fun making this movie, and the result is a nice and funny and full of emotions motion picture, to see again and again and again to remember how music and love can help each other.


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