Touchstone/Working Title (Tim Bevan & Ruud
W: D. V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack
& Scott Rosenberg [based on the novel by Nick Hornby]
DP: Seamus McGarvey
Ed: Mick Audsley
Mus: Howard Shore
John Cusack (Rob Gordon), Iben Hjejle
(Laura), Todd Louiso (Dick), Jack Black(Barry), Lisa Bonet (Marie DeSalle), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Charlie), Joan Cusack (Liz), Tim Robbins (Ian), Lili Taylor
This screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel
relocates the story from London to Chicago, but the transition works very well, losing very little of the good humour from the book.
Rob Gordon (Fleming in the book) runs a failing record
store and is left under an even bigger raincloud when his girlfriend leaves him. He reminisces about his previous relationships in an attempt to find out the answers of how to make one a
John Cusack is perfectly cast as the neurotic,
obsessive music lover, and while some of the better scenes from the book are tweaked or missing completely, it's a light-hearted, frank look at life's true loves. Jack Black is also
fantastic as slobby rock music work colleague, Barry, who steals the entire movie away from Cusack in the closing scenes.