"Do I listen to pop music because I'm miserable' Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music'"
- Rob (John Cusack), in voice-over
"We're no longer called Sonic Death Monkey. We're on the verge of becoming Kathleen Turner Overdrive, but just for tonight, we are Barry Jive and His Uptown Five."
- Barry (Jack Black), introducing his band
Premiere - 05/??/2000
"...HIGH FIDELITY is a solid, entertaining, and often very funny piece of work..."
"...A trenchantly witty and acutely insightful script....[John Cusack gives a] fresh, fearless and ferociously funny lead performance..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 09/01/2000
"...Fueled by high-octane writing and wickedly comic performances..."
Total Film - 08/01/2000
"...Cool....Funny and insightful..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
New York Times - 03/31/2000
"...[A] witty, exquisitely fine-tuned adaptation of Nick Hornby's 1995 novel....The movie is sparked by more than half a dozen incisive performances..."
Box Office - 05/01/2000
"...A ruthlessly truthful and deviously smart comedy....Black's hilariously vitriolic rock snob Barry is especially impressive -- a long overdue breakthrough role for a very deserving talent..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/31/2000
"...HIGH FIDELITY is a sharp and satisfying romantic comedy about the difficulty of commitment....The film's music is expertly chosen..."
Rolling Stone - 11/27/2003
"...[A] superb adaptation....With wit and attention to record-geek trivia intact..."
A male-perspective confessional about being an adult--but not acting like one--HIGH FIDELITY is the story of Rob Gordon (John Cusack), the thirtysomething owner of Championship Vinyl, a record store in the suburbs of Chicago. Rob is in the throes of a difficult breakup with his girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle), and he creates a list of the ex-girlfriends who qualify as his Top Five Worst Breakups, then tracks them down one by one. At work, Rob's relationship with the geeky guys who help run the store, Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black), is hilarious and juvenile: The three espouse encyclopedic knowledge of records while making lists of everything from the Top Five Side 1s and Track 1s to the Top Five Songs About Death. Director Stephen Frears works from a script based on the 1996 Nick Hornby novel of the same title, adapted by D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Cusack, and Scott Rosenberg. Frears integrates Cusack's signature goofball antics and gives him a series of talk-to-the-camera, Ferris Bueller-style monologues that Cusack delivers with personal ingenuity.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
From the guys who brought you GROSSE POINTE BLANK comes the absolutely hilarious HIGH FIDELITY. John Cusack (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH) stars as Rob Gordon, the owner of a semi-failing record store located on one of the back streets of Chicago. He sells music the old-fashioned way -- on vinyl, with two wacky clerks, the hysterically funny rock snob Barry (Jack Black) and the more quietly opinionated underachiever Dick (Todd Luiso). But Rob's business isn't the only thing in his life that's floundering -- his needle skips the love groove when his longtime girlfriend Laura (newcomer Iben Hjejle) walks out on him. And this forces him to examine his past failed attempts at romance the only way he knows how! For a rocking fun time, give HIGH FIDELITY a spin. It's sure to make your all-time top five list for comedies -- with a bullet.
Nick Hornby's popular novel makes the shift from London to Chicago in this Hollywood adaptation from the writing team responsible for GROSSE POINT BLANK. John Cusack stars as Rob, a thirtysomething record store owner who searches for the answer to the seemingly impossible question: Does he listen to pop music because he feels miserable, or is the music the cause of his misery' As he humorously deals with his store's pathetic employees (Jack Black and Todd Louiso), he embarks on a mission to track down his Top Five Worst Breakups to discover where things went wrong between himself and his girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle). Given director Stephen Frears's sure hand and Cusack's strong lead performance, HIGH FIDELITY is a funny and compelling look at growing up and falling in love.
Based On A Novel |
Romantic Comedy |
John Cusack and director Stephen Frears previously worked together on THE GRIFTERS.
Jack Black, who plays Barry, is the lead singer of the band Tenacious D.
Vintage Vinyl, a record store mentioned in the film, is a real store in Evaston, IL, John Cusack's hometown.
Bruce Springsteen makes a surprise cameo in the film as himself.
Roger Ebert (EBERT AND ROEPER AND THE MOVIES) and Desson Howe of the Washington Post named HIGH FIDELITY one of the 10 best films of 2000.
John Cusack was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy.