High Fidelity
2000
When record store owner Rob Gordon gets dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, because he hasn't changed since they met, he revisits his top five breakups of all time in an attempt to figure out what went wrong.

Erik Bates: “It ruled.”

While writing my review for Garden State, I mentioned not knowing the other 9 movies in my top 10 list. Right after I finished the review, I got to thinking about soundtracks, and it hit me. High Fidelity. Definitely also in my Top 10 movies of all time.

I'm starting to see a trend. 2 of my top 10 movies have music as an integral part of the storytelling, though I think High Fidelity does a much better job of incorporating the music, as the movie itself revolves around a record store, one man's love of music, and the quest to make the ultimate mix tape to chronicle his life and relationships, turning his past relationships into their own Top 5 breakups "mixtape."

Also, Jack Black.

− February 24, 2015 • more by Eriklog in or create an account to reply

Scott Hardie: I remember having a visceral reaction to Jack Black's rude snobbery in this movie -- his character really put the douche in hipster douchebag. I don't know if I'd react the same way now, but being 21 or so, and not having a lot of confidence in my taste in music, and being mocked by snobs at times for lack of culture, I seethed at his smug arrogance. I was put off of other Jack Black performances for years afterwards just by association, but eventually I came around to liking him, and appreciating that in High Fidelity he was at least pretty good at playing someone I could never like in person. The rest of the movie around him was pretty good. I wish that character hadn't struck such a nerve in me, because everybody else who has seen it seems to really like this movie. − February 24, 2015 • more by Scott

Scott Hardie: Erik, if you didn't see it, Nick Hornby just wrote at length about what a sequel would be like. − March 11, 2015 • more by Scott

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