Comedy #5: “High Fidelity” (2000)
1) It is the single best — certainly the most honest — movie about relationships ever made.
2) It is witty and eminently quotable (and, curiously enough, from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, who also wrote “Beautiful Girls.”)
3) It completely nails the culture of the collector, and scarily so. (“High Fidelity” also came out at the same time as “Wonder Boys,” which completely failed to hit its target re: obsessive fandom and a niche culture, so an interesting compare/contrast on What Not to Do.)
4) It has a kick-ass soundtrack that is almost as good as the ones from “Beautiful Girls” and “Fast Times”
5) It was Jack Black’s first movie, when he was still an unexpected surprise — and still entertaining.
Bonus track! Read the book — it is even funnier than the movie, if that’s possible.