High Fidelity (2000)
© 2000 Touchstone Pictures
Reviewed by DB
In this 2000 movie classic for vinyl-record lovers,
John Cusack plays a record-store owner who, due to another breakup
(or as the liner on the DVD describes "his needle skips the
love groove when his longtime girlfriend Laura walks out on him"),
reexamines his past loves focusing on his top five worst breakups
(he loves making top five lists, especially about music).
Initially, he doesn't even want to admit that this
last breakup (with Laura) should even be listed in the top five.
Cusack decides he must contact each of the top 5 to find out what
happened, i.e., why did he get dumped. Much to his surprise he
discovers he wasn't always the dumpee and eventually realizes
that Laura is the love of his life.
The record store scenes are very funny because
of the personalities of the co-workers and their esoteric and
snobbish attitude about "their" music. It's a wonderful
homage to the local record store, a piece of Americana that played
an important cultural role in pop-music. I'm sure there will never
be the reverence for the CD that exists for vinyl records. Certainly
ordering a CD from Amazon.com or streaming music is a different
world than shopping for music in a backstreets Chicago record
of my favorite scenes is when Cusack is refiling his personal
record collection by sorting the records "autobiographically."
It's true that we all have many songs associated with particular
memories and connections. But Cusack takes this to a humorous
of course, there is the argument in the record store over what
music should be played at a funeral:
5 songs about death:
movie has music, romance, humor and alot of vinyl. What more could
a Friend of the Phonograph want?
Rob holding his two favorites:
Laura and Record Albums