(out of 5)
Excellent relationship comedy that uses the best of the music from the eighties as backdrop to John Cusack narrating his worst breakups. Cusack, who also co-wrote the script based on the book by Nick Hornby, is at his sleepy best as the record store owner who can’t seem to get wise to what the women in his life want from him. Jack Black is hysterical as the acid-mouthed employee at the store, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor and Iben Hjejle are also memorable as some of the women in his life. Later made into a stage musical.
Touchstone Pictures, Working Title Films, Dogstar Films, New Crime Productions
Directed by Stephen Frears
Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey
Music by Howard Shore
Costume Design by Laura Bauer
Film Editing by Mick Audsley