- Awesome Music: The soundtrack is full of this, as to be expected from a movie set in a record store. Jack Black's performance of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" is a particular highlight.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: If you pause the film on Rob sticking Marie's CD in his player, you'll notice a tracklisting full of covers added as Easter eggs, including "Mmmbop" and "911 is a Joke"
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Barry sarcastically labels Hasselhof a German during a conversation.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The book was written in 1995, and the movie released in 2000, well after vinyl had seemingly died its final death (except among older or out-of-touch people); nowadays, of course, there's a huge resurgence in vinyl, and the record shop would most likely be much more of a success.
- One-Scene Wonder:
- Retroactive Recognition: Rob's high-school girlfriend Penny is best-known these days as Ava Crowder.
- Values Dissonance: Rob is meant to be an asshole (his words) but ultimately likable. A lot of his actions would be viewed much more harshly today, if not outright misogynist.
- The Woobie : Both the sad and damaged Sarah and the marginally stronger Penny. The latter gets a moment of awesome when she tells Rob off. Of course, he misses the point.I was crazy about you, and I wanted to sleep with you one day, but not when I was sixteen. When you broke up with me, you broke up with me, because I was, to use your charming expression, ''tight''...I cried and I cried and I hated you. When that little shitbag asked me out and I was too tired to fight him off! It wasn't rape because I said okay, but it wasn't far off. You know, I couldn't have sex until after college because I hated it so much? That's when you're supposed to have sex, Rob. In college! Now you want to have a little chat about rejection? Well, fuck you, Rob!
YMMV / High Fidelity