Monday, November 28, 2011

pop culture BLOW OFF of the day: So, shall we leave it at that then?

I don't know what it is about John Cusack, but he can do the broken-hearted vulnerable guy bit better than any actor out there. Say Anything is his tour de force, obvi-- but sometimes I think High Fidelity deserves more props (Clarification: not more props than Say Anything. Just more props in general). In the movie (based on the Nick Hornby novel) Cusack's character, Rob, is in the middle of a nasty break up with his live in girlfriend. As we all know, break ups are a time of reflection-- LIKE-- how the eff did I end up here again? In order to answer that question, Rob recounts his five worst break ups.

For better or worse, this was the movie that launched Jack Black's career. He's actually pretty great in it. And personally, I think High Fidelity could have been more of a cult classic if it wasn't for the terrible chick cast as Rob's current ex. She was a crappy actress and had no chemistry with John Cusack and hasn't been in anything I've heard of since this movie came out in 2000. If only they had cast Ione Skye.

Anyway, there are a lot of BLOW OFF worthy clips from this movie, but I think the most memorable scene is the one where Rob's ex's new boyfriend pays him a visit at his record store to tell him what's up. You might remember the patchouli smelling ex-boyfriend was played by Tim Robbins. This scene is the best. Haven't we all fantasized about confronting the person we got left for? Here's hoping I'm not the only one that's thought about knocking some ho-bag's teeth out.

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