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High Fidelity

By | 2018-03-21T18:31:57+01:00 April 2nd, 2004|Reviews|

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Date: 2000

Director: Stephen Frears

Starring: John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Iben Hjejle

Oddly vacant, at least if you liked the novel. Nick Hornby, a true-blue Londoner, paces his book in accordance with period-piece British rock’n’roll. His loves are British; his songs and breakups a reflection of city and country. Here, it’s an all-American show (never mind that Englishman Stephen Frears directed). London is Chicago, with John Cusack as record store owner Rob Gordon. Cusack’s fine, and so are girlfriends past: Iben Hjejle (Laura) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Charlie). Jack Black is very, very funny as sidekick Barry; Joan Cusack — the best sister a John could have — is a joy, as always. It’s just that this is so… American. And Hornby is so… British.

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