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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
John Cusack
Jack Black
Iben Hjejle
Lisa Bonet
Todd Louiso
Directors
Stephen Frears
Screenwriters
D V DeVincentis
Steve Pink
Running Time
113 minutes

High Fidelity
Frears and co. have fashioned a funny, involving, smart meditation on the prattle of the sexes.


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Plot
Record store manager and list-compiler-extrordinaire Rob Gordon (Cusack)'s girlfriend has left him, sending him on a mission to find out what went wrong, and what were his all time, top five, most painful breakups ever.


Verdict
Away from the love stuff, High Fidelity is probably the best film about the joys of retail since Clerks; very good on the muso conversations born out of boredom - musically the film neatly finds the American equivalents of Hornby's UK musical lexicon - and the threeway dissing and compiling of tastes sparkles.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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