John Cusack: Rob Gordon vs. Lloyd Dobler

John Cusack

One actor. Two film roles. You tell us which portrayal was the best. The most memorable. Or iconic. Or simply your favorite.

But before you pass judgment, a few words defending the “character” of each…

The case for Rob Gordon

Top 5 reasons to love High Fidelity’s Rob Gordon (despite himself): 1. he manages a record store, makes killer mix tapes, and still collects vinyl; 2. Rob may be a music geek, but unlike the sheltered dorks and nerds of today Rob owns his own business, has his own apartment, and is comfortable around women; 3. he can’t figure out why his relationships are doomed yet is earnestly trying to find out; 4. Rob finally realizes that fantasy never delivers, using one’s brain is not a poor substitute for trusting your gut, and to commit to nothing is suicide by tiny, tiny increments; 5. though he’s an elitist hipster who is condescending, judgmental, and—let’s face it—a bit of an asshole, Rob is also charming, loving, and, yes, likeable.

The case for Lloyd Dobler

To know Lloyd Dobler is to love him.


Now that you’ve heard the arguments for both it’s time to render your verdict!