In this charming critically-acclaimed tale of first love, Lloyd (John Cusack), an eternal optimist, seeks to capture the heart of Diane, an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student (Ione Skye). He surprises just about everyone-including himself-when she returns the sentiment. But Diane's over-possessive, divorced Dad (John Mahoney) doesn't approve and it's going to take more than just the power of love to conquer all.
**Forget it, I don't care...I LOVE YOU !!** I can't make out why this movie has has a _user score of JUST above 70%_...I guess because people don't find an honest romantic movie equaling an intriguing, exciting, intelligent, thrilling, action packed or any other brain tickling director's master piece.. But to be honest, this movie is climbing the charts on being my favorite movies, and not just the romantics, of all time.Speaking of which i don't even watch too many romantic movies because however beautiful they are they almost always make you feel that the fairy land exists.That's what is so beautiful about SAY ANYTHING that it doesn't make you believe that there is a fairy land instead its so honest and assures you that you really don't need a lot of things to live happily if you've got a person for whom you have love in your heart and the feeling is reciprocated in the exact same manner!! This movie is special in the sense that it was made way back in '89 and still holds the same relevance...because **LOVE is TIMELESS**... Do not miss it if you wanna feel what love is in the truest sense of the word... _"I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen"_ - it kills me but if you hold on, you'd find out that she gave the pen because she couldn't give him his love filled heart back !! A great and successful effort on the director's part to not try and make something special out of this movie because in the end that's what really makes it so special..A _10/10_ for sure...one of the best movies about LOVE !!
_**The summer after high school in Seattle in the late 80s**_ Ione Skye plays Diane, a misfit "preppy" girl who suddenly comes alive upon graduation after striking up a relationship with Lloyd Dobler, played by John Cusack. Diane has a scholarship to a prestigious college in England and her Dad, played by John Mahoney, doesn't want some aimless kickboxer getting in the way of her success. Joan Cusack fittingly plays Lloyd’s sister while the alluring Bebe Neuwirth shows up for a cameo as his teacher. "Say Anything" (1989) is a coming-of-age drama/romance praised by critics and has loads of fans. I agree to some degree: The situations and relationships smack of real life and you can tell that writer/director Cameron Crowe and the cast put time & effort into creating this "reality." For instance, two of Lloyd's best friends are girls, Corey and D.C., who try to advise him on his new relationship. Another example is Diane’s honest relationship with her dad. The first half is filled with quality scenes, like Corey playing her guitar at a party, still venting emotions regarding a past flame. Plus unlike, say, "Porky's" and "American Pie" there's thankfully no juvenile raunch. In other words, "Say Anything" is a classy teen-college flick. Yet I’m not a big fan of Cusack and Crowe apparently doesn’t know how to lens beautiful women, like Skye (and I’m not talking ‘bout nudity or sleaze). Meanwhile the second half isn't as entertaining as the first because it leaves the high school graduation antics behind to focus on Diane and Lloyd's increasingly intimate relationship, as well as unexpected revelations about Diane's father. Those who like stories about romantic relationships will no doubt appreciate the second half more than me. It’s decent and I respect it, but Crowe did far superior work with "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982) and “Jerry Maguire” (1996). The film runs 1 hour, 40 minutes, and was shot in Seattle; Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver (the graduation scene); Los Angeles and North Hollywood (the boom box scene). GRADE: C+