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artsl00 " Vinyl Thoughts for a CD World John Cusack's "High Fidelity" has a nice beat, but you wouldn't want to dance to it. By Ethan Bernard o Many people famil- iar with John Cusack's work in "Say Anything" can see his latest film, "High Fidelity" as a "where is he now?" The., premise would be' this: take an idealistic kid fighting the "system" in the 1980s, dose him wid some Gen X 1990s cynicism and resignation, and then transplant him to a world where he will very shortly be mid- die-aged. His search Jotw Cusadr and/yen Hjej/e for a mate could make for a compelling story, at least an interesting one. It didn't, but it had a lot of fun trying. "High Fidelity" chronicles the romantic foibles of Rob Gordon (John Cusack), a reluctant iconoclast. His relations with the opposite sex have ended in heartache, even if much of that has more to do with the music he lis- tens to instead of the relationships themselves. He owns a record store ( those What came first, the music or the misery?; -- Rob Gordon (John Cusack) black vinyl tilings) that eaters to fringe teenagers. He employs two misfits, and they pass the day away critiquing obscure things that make them seem intelligent in a very hip way. The problem at hand is Gordon's recent break-up with Laura (Iben Hjejle). or rather her break-up with him. This kicks off an existential crisis that has us meandering through his love-life since the 8th grade. In his ever categorizing mind he gives us the top 5 break-ups of his life. Then we get to find out the why's and bow's and Lisa Bonet gets thrown in to the mix somehow. That's the problem with this. movie; it gives the long road of psychoanaly- sis when what it requires is some pop psychology, the kind that still makes 80s movie easy to watch. It can't decide if it wants to mock the mainstream or join it, and ends up being a hodgepodge whose two hours are about thirty minutes too long. On the plus side there are some very funny moments. The antics of Gordon's two employees, Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black), make one remember what can happen outside of the $tarbucks path. Also, Gordon's reminiscences of loves past will send many a runnin' down memory lane. The beginning of the movie has Gordon railing against the moralists blam- ing music for events like Columbine. He is less concerned with violence than with all the constant heartache we are subjected to over the airwaves: Marilyn Manson vs. "achy-breaky heart". In the pontificating vein that runs the length of the movie Gordon asks, "which came first, the music or the miser,/?" You might do well to consult an Internet chat room instead of seeing the actual film. [] Do You Want to Beverly Hills Gain expierence in Work at The Weekly? the newsroom Looking for an Editorial Intern Flexible hours Please fax resume to 310.887.0789 No calls please. People Assisting The Homeless PATH/Foundation House is a homeless empowerment agency, dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverly and homelessness. Volunteers Needed: Kitchen helpers Cook(s) for Saturday Night dinners Volunteers to help teach Recreational Activities volunteer 2346 Cotner Avenue (2 blks west of Sepuiveda between Olympic & Pico) 8 a.m.-6p.rn, weekdays Weekend dropoffs are okay too. 310-996-0034 14 Eeverly Hills Weekly