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What ‘High Fidelity’ Teaches Us About Break-Ups

Zoe Kravitz plays Robyn  and David H. Holmes plays Simon in Hulu's new adaptation of "High Fidelity."
Zoe Kravitz plays Robyn and David H. Holmes plays Simon in Hulu's new adaptation of "High Fidelity."

What have you learned from your past relationships? That’s one of the central questions of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel, “High Fidelity,” the story of a record shop owner named Rob who contacts his “top five” exes following a break-up.

“High Fidelity” was adapted for film in 2000 and the John Cusack-helmed movie soon became a cult classic in the “break-up movie” genre. Now, Hulu has adapted “High Fidelity” again — this time as a television series, starring Zoe Kravitz as Rob. Series co-creator Veronica West has this to say about the new adaptation:

“We are absolutely huge fans of both the book and the movie and that’s what brought us to this amazing moment of getting to make this thing together. I think the main things we wanted to keep were the core conflict of the central character who at once is kind of this hopeless romantic which is fueled by the obsession with pop music — and at the same time, a total cynic of, ‘will things ever work out?’”

We talk to West and romantic comedy expert Dana Schwartz about break-ups, remakes, and the enduring themes of “High Fidelity.”

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