10 "Date Night" Movies for Parents

High Fidelity

High Fidelity Movie

Rated: R

Year: 2000

Cast: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black

A music store owner counts down his greatest hits and greatest loves, rattling off his "desert island, all-time, top-five most memorable breakups, in chronological order." Cusack makes an adorable commitment-phobe, even as he spouts music trivia to get over being dumped by his last girlfriend, Laura.

What Parents Like: The dialogue and monologues are witty and quick: "People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos -- nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery, and loss."

Pucker Up: The only thing more powerful than breaking up is getting back together, and what better way to underscore this point than by showing the loving connections between music and emotion.

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