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High Fidelity

Director:Stephen Frears
Writers:D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, Scott Rosenberg
Touchstone Pictures; R; 107 minutes
Cast:John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black

In High Fidelity John Cusack hits a cultural note right-on as Rob, the vinyl junkie who runs a record store, balks at commitment, and encapsulates his life into hilarious Top-Five lists. He's surrounded by two slacker coworkers, Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black) and a stunning array of ex-girlfriends. Laura (Iben Hjejle) is the one Rob reconsiders the most. High Fidelity follows his slumpy humor to the end.

Cusack is a comic natural—much of the movie is like a lighter, less sentimental Say Anything. He transitions from direct camera address to character interactions with considerable skill.

Lisa Bonet and Catherine Zeta-Jones provide steamy cameos as women in Rob's past. While High Fidelity won't change the way anyone thinks about anything (except maybe record collectors), the film nails the characters head-on with a knowing blend of quirks, self-deprecating humor, and full-bellied laughs.

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