15 certificateHigh Fidelity is a Film programme that first aired in 2000 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

High Fidelity is a 3 star programme

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High Fidelity (2000)

Directed by
Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears took Nick Hornby's romcom bestseller - about the ups and downs of a thirtysomething vinyl record shop owner and compulsive list-maker - and bravely transposed it from London's Camden Town to downtown Chicago. The resulting film - released in 2000 - works to a degree, but with reservations.

John Cusack (pictured) is superb in the lead role as Rob Gordon, ably supported by shop assistants Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (an excellent performance from Jack Black, threatening to steal the show). The slick script really flies as Cusack loses his girlfriend, attempts to date a singer, and examines his failed attempts at romance and happiness.

But what was charming and believable about the original book - based in a tiny and claustophobic Camden record hovel where rare indie vinyl is as treasured as platinum - is completely lost here. Transposed to a huge Chicago record store, the premise feels clunky and false.

Still worth watching though, especially Cusack's knowing asides to the camera and Jack Black's OTT turn.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 113 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2000

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Image for John CusackJohn Cusack...Rob Gordon
Iben Hjejle...Laura
Image for Catherine Zeta-JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones...Charlie Nicholson
Todd Louiso...Dick
Image for Jack BlackJack Black...Barry
Image for Tim RobbinsTim Robbins...Ian Raymond
Image for Joan CusackJoan Cusack...Liz
Lisa Bonet...Marie DeSalle
Image for Lili TaylorLili Taylor...Sarah Kendrew
Ben Carr...Justin
Chris Rehmann...Vince
Joelle Carter...Penny Hardwick
Natasha Gregson-Wagner...Caroline Fortis
Shannon Stillo...Alison Ashmore
Drake Bell...Rob Gordon Jr. High
Laura Whyte...Laura's Mom