15 Years Later, How Should We Remember 'High Fidelity'?

March 26, 2015 4:13 PM

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15 Years Later, How Should We Remember 'High Fidelity'?

"High Fidelity" was released on March 28, 2000. Based on Nick Hornby's beloved book of the same name, it's often cited as one of the better romantic comedies of the 2000s. (The film owns a sparkling 91 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.) But time has a way of changing things, and despite how the film's portrayal of extended adolescence and the way pop culture fosters community hold up, there's now one part that feels dated: John Cusack's Rob Gordon.

"Yes, Rob admits that he's an asshole (though he winds up mansplaining it away a bit), and yes, much of his behavior is played for comedy or mild (at best) condemnation, but it’s still hard to not let his male entitlement rub you a little bit the wrong way in our current cultural climate," Alexander...

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