Starring: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Written By: Cameron Crowe
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 40 min
If you were to put together a list of the all time great on-screen couples, you would have to include Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) and Diane Court (Ione Skye) from Say Anything. While it is a sweet and tender love story, it’s also about Diane’s journey and the two men in her life. The first, her father James Court, played with consummate skill by John Mahoney. Diane’s life with her father is very structured and isolated with an eye toward the future. The second is Lloyd, who is the polar opposite, and forces Diane to experience the world. Lloyd is a very decent but aimless guy and he lives in the moment. Diane has plenty to learn from both men, but really needs Lloyd when her father betrays her trust. Say Anything is a beautifully written and acted film that will resonate with audiences for decades to come.
This isn’t your typical 80’s high school film filled with loud parties and gross humor. It’s more thoughtful than that and it moves along at a slow but steady pace.
Best viewing format:
There are some iconic visuals in this film, but a HD viewing at home will suffice.
Best moment for me: << spoiler >>
While there are many sweet moments in this film, I have to go with the now iconic scene where Lloyd is standing outside Diane’s house holding the boombox over his head playing ‘In Your Eyes’ by Peter Gabriel. Literally serenading his lady love in the hopes to win her back. It’s just fantastic.