Have you seen this movie HIGH FIDELITY? Released in 2000, based on the book of same name by Nick Hornby, it stars John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Sara Gilbert and Jack Black in one of his earliest roles. There’s some really great stuff to take away from this film in terms of struggles connected with relationship commitment, dating, and the quest to find the perfect woman.
When the film begins, Cusack is a veritable man-child, in the throes of a breakup from his former long-term, live-in girlfriend. She’s an up and coming lawyer and had been relegated to being the parent in their relationship. There’s nothing groundbreaking in terms of how and why they split up. When push comes to shove, it’s his fear of commitment that prohibits him from going “all in” where this relationship is concerned. In typical romantic comedy fashion, it’s a point that he unfortunately doesn’t pick up on until it’s too late and she’s moved on to greener pastures.
Cusack becomes desperate to understand why every relationship he’s been in has ended in break-up with each girlfriend ultimately leaving him for a relationship upgrade of sorts. He is finally forced to deal with his own responsibility in the demise of his relationships due to his not being able to understand that what he’s been struggling to find simply does not exist.
The reality most men (and some women too) very often don’t figure out until it’s too late is that despite the fact that someone like Kate Upton might seem like the perfect woman, when all is said and done, she too has blemishes on her skin, odors permeating from her body and moods that can most likely change with the wind (like all of us). That what he’s been yearning for is an illusion. It simply does not exist. Sound familiar?
Check it out. If you haven’t seen it, it will become one of those movies you can watch any time it comes on (like most of Cusack’s movies).
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High Fidelity on IMDB