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High Fidelity

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Starring: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle
Director: Stephen Frears
Rated: R
RunTime: 107 Minutes
Release Date: March 2000
Genres: Comedy, Romance

*Also starring: Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Beverly D'Angelo, Todd Louiso, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, Sara Gilbert, Harold Ramis

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Review by Susan Granger
3½ stars out of 4

In this romantic comedy, John Cusack plays a self-confessed music junkie who owns Championship Vinyl, a dilapidated record store in downtown Chicago. Having just been dumped by his girl-friend (delectable Danish actress Iben Hjejle), he spends his days playing verbal trivia games with his two moronic employees (Todd Louiso, Jack Black), who share his encyclopedic knowledge of pop music and the music scene, and most nights morbidly picking at the scab of his emotional misery. In the form of an into-the-camera confessional, he chronicles the failed relationships that repeated his first rejection at age 14 in junior high school. "Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?" he muses, organizing his record collection, not alphabetically or chronologically, but autobiographically, so he has to remember the connections. While he considers himself unlucky in love, his ex's include Catherine Zeta Jones, Lili Taylor, Joelle Carter and Lisa Bonet. Joan Cusack plays his pal while Tim Robbins is hilarious as a rival suitor. Based on a novel by Nick Hornby, it's been cleverly adapted by D.V. DeVincentis & Steve Pink & John Cusack, who worked together on Grosse Pointe Blank, plus Scott Rosenberg and perceptively directed by Stephen Frears, who makes Cusack into a self-reflecting Everyman who wonders if he'll ever find true love. With his ingratiating charm and impeccable timing, Cusack is not only likable but believable. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, High-Fidelity is an honest, funny, ironic 8. Striking a timely, contemporary note, it's a "must see" for anyone who wants to know the truth about young men - and their obsession with music.

Copyright 2000 Susan Granger

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