No movie in recent decades better captures men’s confused, complicated view of women than the brilliant “High Fidelity.” Tweet
Where women are concerned, we are almost all given to self-delusion and outright idiocy.
If a woman’s good looking enough, lots of us will fail to notice the absence of such, other qualities as curiosity or wit.
At its heart, “High Fidelity” is about human connection and what really matters in relationships—short and especially long term.
The TV-series version—with the protagonist a woman—totally missed the point.
At its heart, High Fidelity is about what really matters in relationships—short and especially long-term.Let’s face it; if a woman’s good looking enough—and yes, elicits a sufficient degree of envy from other men!—lots of us will entirely fail to notice the absence of such, other qualities as curiosity or wit (or will just as likely find those qualities in her, even when they’re invisible to everyone else). Hey, Hugh Hefner built an empire on dream girls whose greatest interests month after month included walking hand in hand on the beach. While some of us never get past this stage—see Hollywood/trophy wife, or Hugh Hefner—to a greater extent, growing up is a matter of moving past it. High Fidelity is full of sneaky insights about a number of important things—including ambition and career—and its portrayal of nerd culture is priceless. But at its heart, it is about human connection and what really matters in relationships—short and especially long term. A particularly brilliant bit of casting is Danish actress Iben Hjejle as the slowly maturing “Laura,” Rob’s girlfriend—not only because she gives the character genuine substance but because she’s not Charlie/Z-J in the looks department. The geniuses in Hollywood in 2020 came out with a TV-series version of High Fidelity but with one key difference—its lead was renamed “Robyn” and played by Zoë Kravitz. I watched maybe 20 minutes and gave up. It was all wrong, missed the whole point. Do they really think men and women are interchangeable? Haven’t they experienced real life? Jeez, what’s next—a female version of The Searchers or Lawrence of Arabia?