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Categories this film falls into:

Romantic Comedy

high fidelity (2000)

Lists, lists and more lists.

Stephen Frears

Nick Hornby (book)
D.V. DeVincentis
Steve Pink
John Cusack
Scott Rosenberg

Seamus McGarvey

John Cusack
Iben Hjejle
Todd Louiso
Jack Black
Lisa Bonet
Joan Cusack
Tim Robbins
Lili Taylor
Bruce Springsteen

This is a great film. I know the book was set in the UK and that lots of people were upset that they made it happen in Chicago. I'm actually OK with this because they did a great job.

John Cusack is wonderful and fits the part really well - but the main reason I can watch this film more than once is Jack Black. He is fantastic. Very funny - outrageous - and just a joy to watch.


Rob re-organizing his recordsThe soundtrack - it's the first thing that hits me about this film.
Top 5 lists. I enjoyed all the music ones, but I think my favorite was Rob's Top 5 Dream Job List.
Jack Black. Period. He is so fabulous as Barry. Every time he came on screen, a smile appeared on my face.
Tim Robbins as Ian. Perfect.
The Bruce cameos. Very cool of Bruce to do those.
The end credits on the posters and whatnot - nice visual closing credits.


The opening monologue to the camera about pop lyrics.
The "Monday Morning Tape" incident - Barry dancing around to "Walking on Sunshine". Wonderful.
The phone call with his Mom.
Barry denying the geek the record. Ultimate music snobbery.
The Ian tirade.
The "yet" dRob discussing the art of making a compilation tapeiscussion.
When Ian comes into the store - the various scenarios that go through Rob's head. Fantastic.
The metal dude who comes in about the ad in the window.
The bridge - when Rob is listing the Top 5 reasons he misses Laura.
Rob's realization at the bus stop after the funeral. AND THEN flinging himself over the fence when Laura drives up. This was hilarious.
The subtle art of making a good compilation tape. Anyone who has ever been a serious compilation tape maker will appreciate this. I think this is the best discussion of this lost art that I've heard.Barry jive leading the Uptown Five
The wedding proposal.
Barry Jive and the Uptown Five performing - once again, Jack Black is fantastic. I love Rob cringing when they get up on stage, and then his face when Barry starts singing. Who knew he could croon so well?


What came first, music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns or watching violent videos - that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands, of songs about heartbreak, rejeRob and Dickction, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music? - Rob
If you really wanted to mess me up, you should've got to me earlier. - Rob
I can't fire them. I hired these guys for 3 days a week and they just started showing up every day. That was four years ago. - Rob
Charlie, you fucking bitch, let's work it out. - Rob
Alright, we have a 9 percent chance of getting back together. - Laura Ian confronting Rob in his store
Now get your patchouli stink out of my store. - Rob
I'm too tired not to be with you. - Laura
We're Sonic Fucking Death Monkey. - Barry
I've come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains. - Rob
I'm tired of the fantasy. - Rob