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High fidelity - John Cusack, Jack Black, Todd Louiso

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Movie propaganda

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

In a biting romantic comedy, Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is the owner of a semi-failing record store in Chicago, where he sells music the old-fashioned way - on vinyl. He's a self-professed music junkie who spends his days at Championship Vinyl with his two employees, Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black). Although they have an encyclopaedic knowledge of pop music and are consumed with the music scene, it's of no help to Rob, whose needle skips the love groove when his long-time girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), walks out on him. As he examines his failed attempts at romance and happiness, the process finds him being dragged, kicking and screaming, into adulthood.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama comedy guy bloke man relationship record shop music

Persons of interest

  • 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
  • Sara Gilbert .... Annaugh Moss
  • Chris Bauer .... Paul
  • KK Dodds .... Miranda
  • Duke Doyle .... Kevin Bannister
  • Jonathan Herrington .... Chris Thompson
  • Erik Gundersen .... Marco
  • Bruce Springsteen .... Himself
  • Alex Désert .... Louis
  • Nick Hornby .... Author
  • DV DeVincentis .... Screenwriter
  • Steve Pink .... Screenwriter
  • John Cusack .... Screenwriter
  • Scott Rosenberg .... Screenwriter
  • Stephen Frears .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Fidelity. Geddit? Fidelity?

Ok, I will explain it. Fidelity is the quality of being faithful, such as not committing adultery. In the film, Rob has committed adultery. He is unfaithful, he has low fidelity. Fidelity is also the accuracy with which an electronic system reproduces the sound or image of its input signal, such as a recording that sounds like you're there. In the film Rob sells records (big CDs with fewer tracks and more extraneous noise). The records reproduce sounds well. They have high fidelity. The title is a play on words, a pun.


If you don't get it yet, go and surf someone else's site because I am no longer friendly and I don't want you here. If you do get it... it's about time!

Now, on with the review.

This is one of those 90s-guy-angst flicks where some bloke gets to talk about his feelings without anyone slagging him off because he's a legend so it's all right for him to do it where an ordinary bloke would end up looking like a tosser. And it's not like he's talking about chick stuff, either, it's the stuff that blokes think about themselves but don't talk about because then they'd look like a tosser. Rob's legendary status comes from:

  • knowing everything there is to know about music,
  • having a record collection bigger than Spain (size does matter, and even if it didn't, it would),
  • owning his own music shop,
  • having had so many girlfriends that he can have an all-time top five list of chicks who hurt him the most when they dumped him,
  • he doesn't whine about being dumped, he wears his scars like the badges of honour which they are.
So, real Aussie blokes can go along and watch High fidelity without getting a lecture from their significant other about expressing their inner feelings more. They can also reminisce over some of the rockin' soundtrack.

Chicks will be able to convince themselves that this is a romantic film about a cute bloke who is hurt by the evil bitches who hurt him in the past and needs to get his girl back to save himself blah, blah, blah.

There's something in it for everyone.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, single layer
  • Features:
    • Conversations with John Cusack
    • Conversations with Stephen Frears
    • Deleted scenes:
      • Foreplay
      • Thieves
      • Top five worst things
      • Records for sale
      • All-time hot 100
      • Laura and Liz
      • Top five dream jobs
      • Sonic death monkey
      • The interview
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Hebrew, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level coarse language, low level violence)

Surveillance time

109 minutes (1:49 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 14 March 2001
VHS rental: 14 March 2001
DVD retail: 24 July 2002
VHS retail: 24 July 2002
DVD retail: 18 April 2007 - Double pack

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