Okay, so I moved the movie review from Thursday to Saturday because if I give it away too soon, why would you listen? The point isn’t the review; the point is I want you (THE LESS DESIRABLES WANT YOU) to listen to our little show every week, ya know!?
Anywhat! This week’s movie is High Fidelity starring John Cusack as Rob Gordon, a record store owner that has questionable taste in music and definitely bad luck with women. The plot revolves around his Top 5 breakups of all time while trying to keep his current break up out of that list. Will it work? Who knows at this point.
The Less Desirables’ guest this week was (apart from the awesome Liz May talking about The Triad Music Festival) Jonathan from Underdog Records in Winston-Salem. We thought it would be cool to do this film since he was coming in.
So Rob’s current ex-girlfriend, Laura (played by the very attractive Danish actress, Iben Hjejle) left him and says that he never changed and she, basically, has. Rob’s mother freaks out because she wants him to settle down and this is just another in a long line of breakups for “Mama’s Special Boy.” Trying not to get in the middle of it, Rob’s sister (Joan Cusack, funny how she plays the sister of John’s characters a lot) calls and unwittingly slips, telling Rob that Laura is seeing some guy named Ian.
Rob recalls a neighbor that they had living above them and how they’d lie in bed listening to him having sex through the ceiling/floor and guess what his name was? Boom! Yes, Ian… you’re so smart. Am I the only one that sees the irony in Laura reading the book called Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War by Peter Maass, while listening to “Ian” having sex and if the potential for that being who she’s now with…? Hmmm? I don’t know, but I find it funny, at least.
What’s this a cameo by Bruce Springsteen? Oh! And I’m a huge fan of Justified on FX, Ava Crowder herself, Joelle Carter, stars as Penny Hardwick, one of the Top 5. Lily Taylor is Sarah, another in the Top 5 and round it out with Catherine Zeta-Jones as Charlie, the numero uno on the list. So Rob spends his time trying to either get Laura back or make closure with the exes.
The truer plot is about “every man’s” plight when it comes to love and loss of said love. Guy or girl, I think we all go through the same things when going through breakups: what is the situation of the other person sleeping with whomever they’re with now? Where did I go wrong? Was it me? How could I have been so dumb? Blah blah blah. It’s life, it’s love. Basic human being stuff. And why is it always raining in this film? I get the dreary love-lost metaphor, but like Eric Draven said, “it can’t rain all the time.”
I like the “4th Wall” aspect where Cusack’s character talks to the camera/audience. The soundtrack is pretty great as is the acting. Did he get the girl in the end? I’ll not tell, but I’ll say that this film is righteous and recommend it to anyone that loves music, records and a good hipster love film before it became ironic. I’m also giving it 4 Stars.
It was directed by Stephen Frears and is 1h 54m long.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” – Rob Gordon (John Cusack), High Fidelity (2000)