In all the versions of High Fidelity, Rob is invited to a rich lady's home to inspect an incredible record collection. He/she is astonished by the quality of the albums, but is taken aback when the woman reveals that, a) they belong to her cheating spouse, and b) she wants a paltry fee for them in order to punish said cheating husband. The deleted sequence from the movie, which features Beverly D'Angelo as the put-upon wife, makes it a quick interaction. Rob is enticed by the great music, but feels too bad for the guy in the scenario and can't bring himself to make the deal. For Kravitz's Rob, it's more of a true conundrum.
Part of the reason it works so well is obviously Parker Posey. The character, now called Noreen, is no anonymous fancy person: She's an eccentric Parker Posey fancy person who bounds down the stairs of her gorgeous Upper West Side townhouse papier-mâché covering her hands blaming Yoko -- Ono, presumably -- for getting her into the craft. Noreen is an artist, whose pieces are hilarious meditations on her "personal tragedies." (Think: A bust of her mother made out of pills. A horse or maybe dog comprised of the stuffed animals she couldn't have as a child because of allergies.) Her latest artistic triumph will be selling her husband's beloved records for $20 and framing the bill. From Party Girl to Dazed and Confused to Best in Show, Posey has an ability to make the most deranged of characters glamorous and alluring, and she does so here. Noreen's no simple vengeful spouse. She's a vengeful spouse making fucked-up art, which is rad.
Rob wants to give Noreen's ex the benefit of the doubt, so she drags Clyde (Jake Lacy) -- the nice guy hook-up she has dragged along on this excursion because he has a car -- to Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel where they easily identify the cheater himself, played by Jeffrey Nordling, who also played Renata's cheating husband on Big Little Lies. (He has a type!) Rob quickly learns he's a sexist dick, a guy who assumes she doesn't know anything about music because she's a woman. She proves him wrong by ranting about Wings, and marches back to Noreen's where she... still can't go through with the sale because, as we later learn, she herself is also a cheater. (I'll admit to being thrown by the Wings rant because, frankly, what non-boomer knows that much about fucking Wings?)