High Fidelity (2000)

(In theaters, August 2000) Nominally a romantic comedy about a record-store owner at sentimental crossroads in his life, High Fidelity is much more than that: It’s a thought-piece for everyone -yours included- that would rather criticize than create, imitate than build or analyze rather than take chances and do something new. A light-hearted, nearly pitch-perfect comedy, High Fidelity blends music with romance and comes up with a winner. John Cusack proves why he’s one of the best young actors in the business today (he also produced the film) and Jack Black finally gets a starring credit after stealing scenes in so many films (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, The Jackal, Enemy Of The State) as a character actor. Often hilarious, often touching, the only quibble I’ve got about High Fidelity is that the female love interest seems too average to warrant such interest… but isn’t that the lesson of the film?

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