Sunday, February 17, 2013

High Fidelity, High Anarchy

Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is on a mission.  As the record store-owning, chain-smoking, emotionally disheveled protagonist in 2000’s High Fidelity, he is determined to understand just exactly what has gone wrong in all of his past, highly unsuccessful relationships.  He goes on a very unusual odyssey, deciding to dig through his past to find the answer.  He begins what promises to be a very bumpy ride by narrowing his past romantic debacles down the Top 5 Most Painful Breakups.  He tracks down and meets up with all five of his former flames, and it results in some very unusual revelations for Rob.  But more significantly, his Top 5 trek has been inspired by the breakup of his most recent relationship to Laura.  Apparently, Rob’s former gal pal has had no problem moving on with ex-neighbor Ian (Tim Robbins).  Having found out that Laura is now shacking up with Ian, Rob has been calling at all hours and stalking her outside of their building.  So, Ian shows up to confront Rob to ask him to stop his obsessive behavior.  This scene, apart from being the movie’s most hilarious (and surreal) moment, is an excellent example of anarchic comedy.

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