High Fidelity (2000)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
John Cusack Rob Gordon
Iben Hjejle Laura
Todd Louiso Dick
Jack Black Barry
Lisa Bonet Marie DeSalle
Catherine Zeta-Jones Charlie Nicholson
Joan Cusack Liz
Tim Robbins Ian 'Ray' Raymond
Chris Rehmann Vince
Ben Carr Justin
Lili Taylor Sarah Kendrew
Joelle Carter Penny Hardwick
Natasha Gregson Wagner Caroline Fortis
Shannon Stillo Alison Ashmore
Drake Bell Young Rob Gordon
Laura Whyte Laura's Mom
Sara Gilbert Annaugh Moss
Rich Talarico Barry's Customer
Matt O'Neill Beta Band Customer
Brian Powell Middle Aged Customer
Margaret Travolta Rob's Mom
Jill Peterson Laura's Sister
Dick Cusack Minister
Susan Yoo 19-Year-Old Girl
Christopher Bauer Paul (as Chris Bauer)
K.K. Dodds Miranda
Marilyn Dodds Frank Alison's Mom
Duke Doyle Kevin Bannister
Aaron Himelstein Boy in Park
Jonathan Herrington Chris Thompson
Daniel Lee Smith Rock Guy
Leah Gale Mourner
David Darlow Mourner
Erik Gundersen Marco
Bruce Springsteen Himself
Alex Désert Louis
Alan S. Johnson Man in Store
Ian Belknap Party Guest
Andrew Micheli Party Guest
Polly Noonan Party Guest
Movie Details
Genre Romance; Comedy; Drama
Director Stephen Frears
Producer Tim Bevan; Rudd Simmons; John Cusack; D.V. DeVincentis; Steve Pink; Scott Rosenberg
Writer Nick Hornby; D.V. DeVincentis; Steve Pink; John Cusack; Scott Rosenberg
Studio Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 113 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Transplanted from England to the not-so-mean streets of Chicago, the screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's cult-classic novel High Fidelity emerges unscathed from its Americanization, idiosyncrasies intact, thanks to John Cusack's inimitable charm and a nimble, nifty screenplay (cowritten by Cusack). Early-thirtysomething Rob Gordon (Cusack) is a slacker who owns a vintage record shop, a massive collection of LPs, and innumerable top-five lists in his head. At the opening of the film, Rob recounts directly to the audience his all-time top-five breakups--which doesn't include his recent falling out with his girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle), who has just moved out of their apartment. Thunderstruck and obsessed with Laura's desertion (but loath to admit it), Rob begins a quest to confront the women who instigated the aforementioned top-five breakups to find out just what he did wrong.

Low on plot and high on self-discovery, High Fidelity takes a good 30 minutes or so to find its groove (not unlike Cusack's Grosse Pointe Blank), but once it does, it settles into it comfortably and builds a surprisingly touching momentum. Rob is basically a grown-up version of Cusack's character in Say Anything (who was told "Don't be a guy--be a man!"), and if you like Cusack's brand of smart-alecky romanticism, you'll automatically be won over (if you can handle Cusack's almost-nonstop talking to the camera). Still, it's hard not to be moved by Rob's plight. At the beginning of the film he and his coworkers at the record store (played hilariously by Jack Black and Todd Louiso) seem like overgrown boys in their secret clubhouse; by the end, they've grown up considerably, with a clear-eyed view of life. Ably directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons), High Fidelity features a notable supporting cast of the women in Rob's life, including the striking, Danish-born Hjejle, Lisa Bonet as a sultry singer-songwriter, and the triumphant triumvirate of Lili Taylor, Joelle Carter, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Rob's ex-girlfriends. With brief cameos by Tim Robbins as Laura's new, New Age boyfriend and Bruce Springsteen as himself. --Mark Englehart

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 174
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 717951009944
Chapters 29
Release Date 2003
Subtitles Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
Links
Internet Movie Database