Directed by: Stephen Frears
Written by:D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, Scott Rosenberg
Starring: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Lisa Bonet, Tim Robbins, Lili Taylor, Chris Rehmann
Released: August 10, 2000
Grade: B+

Based on the novel by Nick Hornby (Fever Pitch), High Fidelity is the story of one man and his quest to discover why he’s constantly dumped.  From his first love in grade 7 to his current flame, Rob always seems to wind up on the receiving end, or so it seems.

He owns his own struggling record shop, which keeps alive his passion for music.  He has two faithful employees who are both nuts and his mother and sister are constantly on his case to get married and settle down.  Yes, it is a comedy.

This light-hearted insight on relationships is filled with sharp wit but several jokes don’t quite strike the target.  Those appreciative of music will adore the soundtrack and constant references to past musical greats.  There are a few references to the film industry thrown in for good measure.

It’s a beauty of a cast also.  John Cusack is always perfect in these roles and is backed by the quirkiness of Todd Louiso and Jack Black as the two employees.  It’s filled with small cameos including Tim Robbins at his very best.

There’s a tendency for the film to drag towards the end but it’s positive to see a different take on romance that doesn’t offer the same answers as all the others.  The characters have touching qualities and Rob’s obsession with music is an illustration of the depth of this characterisation.

Falling into the “arthouse” basket, High Fidelity is adult comedy with an M rating.  It’s time to roll back the clock to some of your old music favourites.  If you could put five songs on a compilation tape - which songs would you choose?  The answer could tell you more about yourself that you might think.