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Parents' Guide to

High Fidelity

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Book-based romantic drama has cursing, smoking, sex.

Movie R 2000 113 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Great Comedy For Older Teens And Music Lovers!

"High Fidelity" is a perfect breakup film for anyone who has had their heart stomped on. Rob (John Cusack) is so self absorbed he loses the woman he loves and it finally forces him to reflect on his life's romantic journey to find out where it all went wrong. It's also a movie about music and what popular music manufactures in our souls. The film leans pretty heavily on foul language (not potty language but cursing) and there are some scenes of implied sex but it's not really depicted on screen . A woman straddles a man in a car while fully clothed after expressing a desire for sex, a couple is heard moaning from the next room, and another couple is shown embracing while nude but covered by blankets. Pretty tame for teens all things said. I would call the only violent scene in the film to be "cartoony" in how absurd it is and how it is played for exaggerated comedy (a character imagines a scenario wherein he and his friends beat up his former partner's new boyfriend). All in all, this is a film older teens (and older teen music-lovers) would immediately hook into. Save it for high school and you'll have a good time with it.

Is It Any Good?

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Rob spends more time talking to viewers than he does to any of the other characters in the movie, which is part of the problem. He asks the audience, "Do I listen to pop music because I was miserable, or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?" His candor and charm, both considerable, have allowed him to carry his adolescence through his 20s, and he's much more comfortable concocting the definitive list of the best side-one, track-one songs ever than he is thinking about, say, the definitive list of worthwhile things to do with his life. And he has to allow himself to be a little less self-obsessed. Fortunately, the "professional appreciator" is wise enough to see how special Laura is, and that he can't just "create a sketch of a decent, sensitive guy;" he can actually become one. Best for teens who like romantic dramas.

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