Review Date: March 29, 2000
Director: Stephen Frears
Writer: J. Cusack, D.V. DeVincentis, S. Pink, S. Rosenberg
Producers: Tim Bevan and Rudd Simmons
John Cusack as Rob Gordon
Iben Hjejle as Laura
Jack Black as Barry
Thankfully for this film and Mr. Frears, the rest of the cast was rock solid with a handful of "name" actors dropping by for small cameos here and there. The great Tim Robbins seemed to be the one who had the most fun with his character, and I certainly shared in that enthusiasm. But in the end, the movie is about relationships, love, commitment and growing up. Do these subjects matter or mean anything to you? Have you had your heart broken, broken a heart, felt like nothing, felt like the king of the world...well, if you have, then chances are that you will definitely share something in common with at least one of the characters from this movie. The story is sincere, Cusack is very good in his role, and more than anything, the film is actually pretty funny, especially the first half. The last 20 minutes or so seemed to drag a little, with certain scenarios slowing the pace down, but all in all, I enjoyed this film.
So if you like relationship comedies with touches of drama sprinkled here and there, this one should definitely make your "to do" list for the weekend. Ironically, for a movie that is set in and around a record store, featuring hundreds of references to music of all eras...the soundtrack was actually pretty inconspicuous. Strange.