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High Fidelity
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Aug 22, 2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Stephen Frears

Actors:
John Cusack
Jack Black
Tim Robbins

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The owner of a failing record store does some much needed soul searching about life, love and the fun things in between like music and hanging with the boys.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I've always loved John Cusack's acting, he plays that "regular Joe we can all relate to" to perfection. This comedy isn't flawless but it's fun and continues to make me laugh all these years later. Cusack's monologues and crazy antics actually remind me of CLERKS, the whole film has a bit of a Kevin Smith vibe to it, but clearly much better conceived and written (sorry Kev).

Not only does Cusack shine here, this was easily one of the best Jack Black roles ever and believe it or not, it saddens me to say that. Jack Black has the comedy gene inside him and as much as I truly believe he's funny in his own way, most of his roles fall flat (much like the ill fated career of funny man Martin Lawrence). The scene where Black tells the father looking for "I Just Called To Say I Love You" that he clearly doesn't know his daughter is priceless as is the scene where the boys give Tim Robbins and imaginary beat down. I still laugh myself into stitches when I see those bits.

HIGH FIDELITY is one of many similar roles Cusack played over a decade stretch of flicks, and though it's not his best (SERENDIPITY wins that race by a mile), it's still a good hearted fun time and was an easy shot to down all these years later. The gang nails a lot of "bro code" ethics in this flick, from hanging with the boys, women, music and movies. It sounds so simple because it is, these are things guys love and talk about when their together and nothing paints a better picture of it than this movie. Obviously comedy has changed over the years, but I'm happy to say that some of these older flicks from back in day don't feel as dated as you might think. If you haven't seen this, now's as good a time as any.
THE EXTRAS
Conversations with Writer/Producer John Cusack and Director Stephen Frears: Much like the film, the boys kick back and weigh in on music, casting the characters and how the script transferred to the screen. All in all, a laid back crew for a laid back film.

Deleted Scenes: Again, I'm reminded of CLERKS with nine small scenes that pretty much amount to nothing but are slightly entertaining on some levels.

Previews: There's a theatrical trailer for the feature film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Sometimes simple is good, not to mention entertaining and this flick still holds its own when it comes to dealing with life, good friends and women. It's also fun to see Cusack at his best and Black when he's funny. Like I said, it's not the greatest comedy ever told, but it's still good for some real laughs.
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