"what came first, the music or the misery? people worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. did i listen to pop music because i was miserable? or was i miserable because i listened to pop music?"
i thoroughly enjoyed this. hilariously witty, not to mention a great performance by john cusack. rob is a record store owner who is a compulsive list maker. the film starts off with him going through his latest break up and later decides to revisit his "top five breakups." at first it starts off as a "woe is me," kind of story. as he starts getting the closure he needs from his other exes, he soon realizes it's not really about the girls. it's about him needing to take his experiences, learn from them, and grow up.