Me and John Cusack have had a bit of a strange relationship throughout the years. This is, of course, as someone who's watched many films he's appeared in throughout the years. I don't know why you'd think I would know John Cusack personally, you silly people. He's the type of guy who, lately, has done a lot of paycheck films. If you've followed Nicolas Cage's career then you know exactly what I mean. It's not that he isn't good, because even at his worst, he's still pretty good, but you can tell that he isn't inspired or invested in the character or the film the story is trying to present. But when he's on, boy, is he really fucking good. Of course, as you may have guessed, he was absolutely on point in this film. Might've been because he co-produced it and co-wrote the screenplay, but he was pretty great in this film because I don't think he's afraid, and neither is the script, to make the character look like the most unlikable asshole on the planet on his way to 'redemption.' So to speak. Rob Gordon is a character that, at first, comes across as a man makes his ex-girlfriends into these fantasies that broke his heart, instead of looking inward and seeing that he, pretty much, was an incredibly selfish man during all of the relationships he described. The film's story is him revisiting all of his past girlfriends and seeing how, or why, he fucked things up and it's a very satisfying story to tell actually. Because, at first, you're not sure that Laura is really the right woman for Rob. But as the film progresses and Rob explains his relationship with Laura, you do get the sense that this is the person he should be with. It's interesting that the film starts off with Rob trying to get Laura back literally for no reason whatsoever. Even one of his friends brings this up during a scene. And I hadn't noticed it until she mentioned it, but it was absolutely right. He was trying to get back with Laura because it was something to do. He didn't even rationalize why he wanted her back. I just think this is very smartly written and the character progression is really the reason this film holds you. Because it's not like it's a hilarious film, at least it wasn't to me. It's certainly funny, and the fantasy sequences where Rob, Dick and Barry beat up Ian were hilarious, but it's not what I would call a consistently funny movie. The character work is what holds the film together, that's for damn sure. You get to see Rob change as a character throughout the film. And it isn't forced or convoluted, it definitely comes across as very organic and, most importantly, earned. The soundtrack is, obviously, pretty goddamn great. It'd almost have to be considering that a big chunk of it takes place in Rob's record shop. This is the type of movie that definitely sneaks up on you. It's not that I thought it was ever bad, or anything close to that, it's just that, for a movie with a pretty sizable cult following, it just really wasn't clicking for me so much. But once it was over, I thought to myself that it was a really damn good movie. There are movies like that, that sort of sneak up on you, and this is one of them. The supporting cast is really good as well, ridiculously good. The film just has a lot of life. I certainly don't think it's the best film I've seen, but it has a lot of charm and personality. Despite it being a romantic comedy, this is a movie that's definitely gonna require some patience, because it's mostly centered on character development. It's just a very satisfying film to watch on almost every front. I'd definitely recommend it. It's not what I would call a must-buy and it's not even necessarily a must-watch, but I did very much enjoy it and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who asked. Real good stuff here.