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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages -- a reflection on the complexities of the dating life of a self-absorbed record store owner.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
An ex-girlfriend of the lead character tells him how she was with another man in a situation that was borderline rape. Imagined violence, comic, against the new boyfriend of the lead character's ex -- the ex is beaten up in the record store, punched, kicked, bloodied.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two lead characters hear a couple having loud sex in the apartment above theirs. Female character shown taking off her clothes, topless, viewed from the back. Female character wears jeans with holes in the lower rear end. Lead character talks of trying to touch the breasts of girls he dated and trying to put his hand between their legs. In a flashback scene, lead character as a teen breaks up with a girl because she won't have sex with him. When one of the record store clerks has a date, another clerk tells him to "smoke that ass." Reference to an abortion.
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Frequent profanity. "F--k" often used. "Motherf--ker" used once. "S--t," "bulls--t," "bitch," "bastard," "ass." Middle finger gesture. During a flashback scene, while a tween, lead character sees his first girlfriend making out with another boy; his friend calls her a "slut."
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Products & Purchases
Lots of bands are name-checked.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead character smokes cigarettes -- a lot of cigarettes. Drinking in bars, at dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that High Fidelity is a 2000 comedy in which John Cusack plays a self-absorbed Chicago record store owner trying to make sense of a difficult break-up. When getting caught up with an ex-girlfriend over dinner, the ex tells the lead character how she was in a situation that was a borderline rape after they broke up. In a flashback, it's shown that the lead character, as a teen, broke up with her because she wouldn't have sex with him. Lead character talks of trying to touch the breasts of the girls he dated in high school, or to put his hand between their legs. The two lead characters hear a couple having sex in the apartment above theirs. When one of the record store clerks tells the other clerks that he has a date, one of the other clerks tells him to "smoke that ass." Frequent talk of sex, usually in the context of the relationships the lead character has had in his life. Reference to an abortion. In a flashback scene, when the lead character, as a tween, witnesses his first girlfriend making out with another boy, his friend calls her a "slut." Profanity often used -- "f--k" used a lot. "Motherf--ker" used once. "S--t," "bulls--t," "bitch," "bastard," "ass" also used. Lead character smokes a lot of cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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