High Fidelity: movie critique
1 – “It’s not what you’re like but what you like that matters”. Discuss this line’s relevance to the movie or one of its major themes.
2 – While watching Marie play onstage, Rob, Barry & Dick think out loud: “I want to date a musician… to live with a musician: [they’d] write songs at home, ask me what I thought of ‘em, maybe even include one of our private little jokes [in the lyrics they’d write]”. What is it about the “myth” or “mystique” of songwriters that attracts them (you can also include thoughts about role reversal of men in the position of muse to women)?
3 – Rob to Laura: “How can you say you like Art Garfunkel and Marvin Gaye? That’s like saying you support both the Israelis and the Palestinians!” Aside from being a (relatively) funny line, what does this statement tell us about Rob and his overall worldview? Professional Custom Writing Services from the Experts!
4 – Rob connects ex-girlfriends to their tastes; for example, “Penny Hardwick was great looking and her top 5 recording artists were…”? Is mentioning this information just another aspect of his need to “classify” and “list” or is something else involved? Why?
5 – “High fidelity” refers to a kind of sound quality where everything is crystal clear. How does this metaphor function throughout the movie?
6 – “What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands, of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” Discuss this line’s relevance to the movie as a whole.
7- When Laura’s dad dies, Rob, Barry & Dick attempt a tribute to him by coming up with “Top 5 Songs about Death”. What does this gesture tell us about them and how they filter and process emotion?
Rob (main character), Barry (Jack Black), Dick (the bald guy who works with them)
Laura – Rob’s ex-girlfriend/girlfriend
Liz – Laura’s friend
Marie – singer/songwriter who hooks up with Rob
Caroline – journalist who interviews Rob at end of film
Ray/Ian – ponytailed upstairs neighbor/Laura’s lover
Vince/Justin – skateboarders/thieves/musicians
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