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High Fidelity

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Scott Inglis

I rarely buy movies, let alone be able to boast of having a film on DVD, VHS and also the soundtrack in my possession. The only film that can tick all those boxes is High Fidelity, based on the Nick Hornby book.

Although Hornby’s original was set in the UK, the film was ‘Americanised’ for a global audience - but don’t let that put you off.

It remains as true to its ‘lo-fi’ roots as it can be with a series of characters most music fans will relate to.

John Cusak plays a record store owner who has recently broken up with his girlfriend.

It hits him hard so, with the help of his extensive music collection, which he rearranges in various orders to suit his mood, he re-traces his steps through ex-girlfriends to find out what it is about him which makes him fail with the opposite sex.

Needless to say, the soundtrack to the film is immense, with every base from Stevie Wonder to the Beta Band covered.

The film was also the first to really put Jack Black in the spotlight, and his over the top and snobbish character remains one the best, if not the most well known, of his career.