Nick Hornby’s book had a zeitgeist quality for thirtysomethings reluctantly on the verge of Gen X adulthood, settling down and letting go of childish things – like humongous vinyl collections. It struck a chord everywhere which is why relocating it from North London to Wicker Park Chicago wasn’t such a stretch. Touchstone optioned it and figured the team behind Grosse Pointe Blank had the right sensibility for it. When director Stephen Frears came on board he restored the 4th wall aspect to the screenplay that star/producer John Cusack thought wouldn’t work – it does, beautifully. They had worked together very well on The Grifters years earlier. Cusack is a kind of talisman for that age – The Sure Thing, Say Anything, Grosse Pointe Blank and now this – a collection of films from an actor who meant a lot to a lot of people but has never really burnished his career since then with the kinds of roles we might have expected. And if this doesn’t soar to the romantic heights, well, hey, that’s real life, isn’t it?! Settling for what you can get.