High Fidelity

Synopsis: Thirty-something Rob Gordon, a former club DJ, owns a not so lucrative used record store in Chicago. He not so much employs Barry and Dick, but rather keeps them around as they showed up at the store one day and never left. All three are vinyl and music snobs, but in different ways. Rob has a penchant for compiling top five lists. The latest of these lists is his top five break-ups, it spurred by the fact that his latest girlfriend, Laura, a lawyer, has just broken up with him. He believed that Laura would be the one who would last, partly as an expectation of where he would be at this stage in his life. Rob admits that there have been a few incidents in their relationship which in and of themselves could be grounds for her to want to break up. To his satisfaction, Laura is not on this top five list. Rob feels a need not only to review the five relationships, which go back as far as middle school when he was twelve, and try to come to terms with why the woman, or girl as the case may b
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Stephen Frears
Production: Buena Vista
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 21 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

Oh, yeah


Youre gonna wake up one morning

As the sun greets the dawn

Youre gonna wake up one morning

As the sun greets the dawn

You didnt realize

You didnt realize

You didnt realize

Oh, youre gonna miss me, baby

- Oh, youre gonna miss me, baby

- 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?

Youre gonna wake up wonderin

Find your self on the floor

You don't have to go this second.

You can stay until whenever.

No. We've done the hard part now.

I might as well-

Why don't you stay for tonight then?


You're just gonna-

My desert island, all-time top five

most memorable breakups...

in chronological order...

are as follows:

Alison Ashmore, Penny Hardwick...

Jackie Alden, Charlie Nicholson

and Sarah Kendrew.

Those were the ones

that really hurt.

Can you see your name

on that list, Laura?

Maybe you'd sneak into the top ten.

But there's just no room for you

in the top five. Sorry!

Those places are reserved for the kind

of humiliation and heartbreak...

you're just not capable of delivering.

I'm not coming home

If you really wanted to mess me up,

you should've gotten to me earlier!

Oh, yeah


Which brings us to number one

on the top five, all-time breakup list...

Alison Ashmore.

Candy on the beach

There's nothing better

One moment they weren't there. Not in

any form that interested us, anyway.

And then the next,

you couldn't miss them.

They were everywhere,

and they'd grown breasts.

- And we wanted-

- I want candy

Actually, we didn't even know

what we wanted.

- I want candy

- But it was something interesting.

- Disturbing, even.

- I want candy

- My relationship with Alison Ashmore lasted for six hours:

- I want candy

the two hours after school,

before The Rockford Files...

for three days in a row.

But on the fourth afternoon-

Kevin Bannister.


It would be nice to think that

since I was 14, times have changed...

relationships have become

more sophisticated...

females less cruel...

skins thicker,

instincts more developed.

But there seems to be an element of that afternoon

in everything that's happened to me since.

All my romantic stories are

a scrambled version of that first one.

Number two on the top five, all-time

breakup list was Penny Hardwick.

Penny was great-looking...

and her top-five recording artists

were Carly Simon, Carole King...

James Taylor, Cat Stevens

and Elton John.

I remember when rock was young

- Me and Susie had so much fun

- Erin! No, come here!

Holdin hands and skimmin stones

- Had an old gold Chevy and a place of my own

- She was nice.

Nice manners, nice grades, nice looking.

She was so nice, in fact,

that she wouldn't let me put my hand...

underneath or even

on top of her bra.

- Now, when she comes walkin over

- Attack and defense. Invasion and repulsion.

It was as if breasts were little pieces of property

that had unlawfully annexed by the opposite sex.

They were rightfully ours,

and we wanted them back.

Crimson and clover

Sometimes I got so bored of trying to touch her

breasts that I would try to touch her between her legs.

I was like trying to borrow a dollar, getting

turned down and asking for 50 grand instead.

I wasn't interested in Pennys

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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