I believe John Cusack could manage to make any film entertaining. And Tim Robbins is so damn hilarious in this. As are the two record store employee characters. I don't typically like comedy or these kind of romance stories, but sometimes I need something lighthearted unfortunately.
Only gets the third star for Jack Black's performance. Other than him and the fact that a record store makes for a pleasant setting, it's completely mediocre. Jack singing "Let's Get It On" but replacing the end of every other line with "sugah" remains one of the most inexplicably funny scenes ever, though.
stays pretty true to the hornby novel. rob gordon is the typical self-pitying white male narrator horizontally shifted to be a "music appreciator", and of course this means his teeny problems are blown to grand proportions while the people on the other end of his relationships suffer. the movie is sweet and one-note (yeah that's a pun), a middling and relatable self-growth story for every record collector.
Exposition is one of the tiring things a screenwriter needs to get out of the way before getting to the crux of the story. Bad writers do it by way of sappy, inverosimile dialog. Not here though, as that sort of thing is rightfully discarded to make room for actually enjoyable repartee without the need to make the viewer privy to the characters' history. Breaking the 4th wall and the top 5 trope work just as well.