Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
United Kingdom/USA, 2000. Touchstone Pictures, Working Title Films, Dogstar Films, New Crime Productions. Screenplay by D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, Scott Rosenberg, based on the book by Nick Hornby. Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey. Produced by Tim Bevan, Rudd Simmons. Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by David Chapman, Therese DePrez. Costume Design by Laura Bauer. Film Editing by Mick Audsley. American Film Institute Awards 2000. Golden Globe Awards 2000. Online Film Critics Awards 2000.
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.