High Fidelity

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Rob Gordon (John Cusack) owns a less than prosperous record shop. With his two employees, Barry (Jack Black) and Dick (Todd Louiso), he spends the day discussing various music styles and recordings while occasionally selling a vinyl disc or two. When his long time girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), walks out on him, he begins to evaluate his past relationships with women in record terms. He tells the story behind the Top 5 Breakups of all time. Although responsible for the record store, Rob has trouble taking responsibility for his relationships until he realizes he wants Laura back. But getting her back means becoming an adult. This humorous look at lust, romance, love and commitment from a male viewpoint appeals to both men and women and should attract the dating crowd.

As Rob examines his past interactions with women, he goes from first kiss to living with Laura. Much of the discussion relates to sexual relations although Rob sees it in terms of love. Several scenes imply sex as Rob is shown in bed with Laura and others. After the breakup, one particularly graphic scene has Rob imagining Laura with another man. Rob also has a brief affair with a musician but realizes he really wants Laura back. Although sex is frequently implied, only one scene involves female rear nudity, while another provides a brief glimpse of side breast nudity as a woman dresses. A music knowledge snob, Barry often insults both co-workers and customers as they argue about records and appropriate entries in Top 5 lists. But he also has dreams of being discovered as a musical performer. Gutter vocabulary overflows the dialogue with obscene and crude language, but violence is limited to a somewhat humorous scene in Robs imagination as he physically responds to Lauras new boyfriend. Although the theme of finding what love and relationships are all about is commendable, emphasis on premarital sex and vulgar dialogue make HIGH FIDELITY a broken record.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Buena Vista (Touchstone/Disney), 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (29) times - Mild 3, moderate 26

Obscene Language: Many (74) times - F-word 55, s-word 15, other 3, finger gesture 1

Profanity: Several (9) times - Regular 8 (J 2, G 5, Swear to G 1), exclamatory 1 (OG)

Violence: Few times - Moderate (hits, kicks, bloody mouth)

Sex: Several times - Graphic twice (once w/female rear), implied several times (couples in bed, in car)

Nudity: Few times - female rear, partial male rear, side breast; Near Nudity - few times (woman in bra, couple under sheet, low cut blouse)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Frequent (comments about sex/ womens breasts, man puts hand on clothed breast/ hand up womans leg, sensual kissing)

Drugs: Several times - social drinking in bar, cigarettes

Other: Ethnic religious slur used, reference to aborting pregnancy, Lords prayer recited at funeral

Running Time: 107 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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