A love story for the ages... or maybe just the eighties
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During a time of political uncertainty and strife, is there anything better than a true feel-good movie? "Say Anything" is just that. Meet Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), a bemused and slightly awkward teenager searching for true love. True love appears in the form of Diane Court (Ione Skye), the prissy and sheltered class valedictorian of his high school.
"Say Anything" really is a time capsule. The hairstyles and clothing screams eighties/nineties era pop. Everything seems more lighthearted, fun and simple. Even the complicated emotions and relationships undergone by the main characters feel like a part of the past, just obstacles standing between them and the joyous conclusion.
What sets this movie apart from others is the acting. A young John Cusack plays his role to the nines. He is simultaneously confused and confident, calling up the girl of his dreams and simply telling her, "Go out with me." When asked what he wants to do for the rest of his life, he explains long-windedly that he doesn't want to buy or sell or manufacture anything or buy or sell anything manufactured. He just wants to partake in the sport of the future: kickboxing.
While some may see sadness in parts of the film, it is at heart a feel-good movie. If you can make it through Lloyd's lovesick monologues into a handheld recorder and his friend Corey's (Lili Taylor) guitar ballads about her recent breakup, then be ready for this film to tug at your heartstrings. Lloyd's haphazard attempts at teaching Diane how to drive end with the front of his car buried in a bush. He carefully sweeps broken glass out of her way before letting her continue walking along a sidewalk. And then there's the most memorable, often-imitated scene: Lloyd standing outside her house with a boombox hoisted above his head, blaring Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" at full volume.
The brilliant character studies put on by Cusack and Skye turn this movie from your run-of-the-mill chick flick into a classic for the ages, a snapshot of a simpler time. Anyone in search of a heartwarming love story with characters still any teenager can identify with has found their match in "Say Anything."
Charles Lott. My name is Charlie, and I'm the features editor for Silver Chips Online. I enjoy reading, using Oxford commas, and playing frisbee for Blair. More »