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  • Barry, despite all his dickishness throughout the film, performs a straight (and very well done) cover of "Let's Get It On" for Rob and Laura to dance to in the finale.
    • And despite how much of an asshole he is to everybody, when Dick (who is the one Barry probably bullies the most) mentions he has a date, Barry very quickly and very sincerely congratulates his friend.
    • In the book, Barry similarly worries Rob with what he'll do at the launch party, but to Rob's pleasant surprise, Barry and his band play Beatles covers (very well).
  • Rob gets to thinking about his "Top Five" list of ex-girlfriends, thinking about just checking up on them, maybe seek some forgiveness and redemption, as a way of cleansing himself. Helped along by his fantasizing that Bruce Springsteen is there to give meaning to it all:
    Rob: I want more, I wanna see the others on the big top-five. I want to see Penny and Charlie and Sarah, all of them. You know? Just see 'em and talk to 'em. You know, like a Bruce Springsteen song.
    Bruce Springsteen (playing a riff on his guitar): You call, you ask 'em how they are and see if they've forgiven you.
    Rob: Yeah, and then- and then I feel good. And they'd feel good.
    Bruce: They'd feel good, maybe. But- But you'd feel better.
    Rob: I'd feel clean and calm.
    Bruce: That's what you're looking for, you know, get ready to start again. That'd be good for you.
    Rob: Great, even.
    Bruce: Give that big final good luck and goodbye to your all time top-five and just move on down the road.
    Rob: Good luck, Goodbye. Thanks, Boss.
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  • The last time Laura shows up in Rob's apartment before her father's funeral has her looking over Rob's one-time list of top five dream jobs. It ends with her rationalizing that he probably isn't serious about pursuing a career in architecture (his number five), and asks if he wouldn't rather own his own record shop instead. Rob agrees, and Laura pens it in. It's a pretty clear signal that even though they are having problems, Laura does still genuinely love Rob and wants him to be happy.


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