High Fidelity

High Fidelity
High Fidelity
  • R
  • 1h 54m
  • 2000
Certified Fresh91%
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John Cusack stars as Rob Gordon, the owner of a semi-failing record store located on one of the back streets of Chicago. He sells music the old-fashioned way -- on vinyl, with two wacky clerks, the hysterically funny rock snob Barry (Jack Black) and the more quietly opinionated underachiever Dick (Todd Luiso). But Rob's business isn't the only thing in his life that's floundering -- his needle skips the love groove when his longtime girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle) walks out on him. And this forces him to examine his past failed attempts at romance the only way he knows how! For a rocking fun time, give HIGH FIDELITY a spin.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: The deft hand of director Stephen Frears and strong performances by the ensemble cast combine to tell an entertaining story with a rock-solid soundtrack.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Steven Rea

High Fidelity, with its knowing take on men, messed-up romance and music, is like one long, hook-f...

June 25, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

It is still a bit wimpy and sugary, but it's definitely entertaining, and the translation to Ameri...

June 22, 2017
AV Club
Nathan Rabin

A film pragmatic enough to concede that almost every relationship is doomed, but romantic enough t...

June 22, 2017
New Yorker
Anthony Lane

When happiness does arrive in this movie, it has the air not of something that you reach, like you...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Book-based romantic drama has cursing, smoking, sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that High Fidelity is a 2000 comedy in which John Cusack plays a self-absorbed Chicago record store owner trying to make sense of a difficult break-up. When getting caught up with an ex-girlfriend over dinner, the ex tells the lead character how she was in a situation that was a borderline rape after they broke up. In a flashback, it's shown that the lead character, as a teen, broke up with her because she wouldn't have sex with him. Lead character talks of trying to touch the breasts of the girls he dated in high school, or to put his hand between their legs. The two lead characters hear a couple having sex in the apartment above theirs. When one of the record store clerks tells the other clerks that he has a date, one of the other clerks tells him to "smoke that ass." Frequent talk of sex, usually in the context of the relationships the lead character has had in his life. Reference to an abortion. In a flashback scene, when the lead character, as a tween, witnesses his first girlfriend making out with another boy, his friend calls her a "slut." Profanity often used -- "f--k" used a lot. "Motherf--ker" used once. "S--t," "bulls--t," "bitch," "bastard," "ass" also used. Lead character smokes a lot of cigarettes.

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Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:March 31, 2000
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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