Cinema: Nostalgic Obsessions

John Cusack shines as a lovelorn record-store owner in the comedy High Fidelity

Championship vinyl--a Chicago record store specializing in antique discs--provides Rob Gordon (John Cusack) with a rich life but no better than a marginal living. Mostly it exists to give him a place to argue with his employees (a hilariously passive Todd Louiso and a manically aggressive Jack Black) about musical arcana.

Rob is the kind of guy whose nostalgic obsessions prevent him from forming lasting relationships. As High Fidelity opens, the latest of them, Laura (a lovely newcomer named Iben Hjejle), is packing her bags. This causes Rob to start making a list of his most haunting breakups, beginning back in...

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