Say Anything

Directed By: Cameron Crowe Starring: John Cusack Ione Skye

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charming

by Steve on 6/23/2012

A teenage charming love story, with absolutely real characters. The movie has been produced and developed well based on reality. John Cusack has done a tremendous job and Crowe's script is amusing, you will get to see great dialogues and great emotions. Read More

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Product Overview

An offbeat loner with a yen for the martial arts falls for super smart diane, but her father has different ideas and tries to keep them apart.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40693691
UPC 024543024538
UPC 14 00024543024538
Format DVD
Release Date 4/1/2014
Keywords
Campus Life
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Recommended
Romance
Teenage
Theatrical Release
Young Love
Editors Note
Note The quintessential '80s teen romance, this film has retained its poignancy into the next century with its ability to entertain and amuse while remaining intelligent and packed with real emotion that anyone can empathize with. John Cusack plays Lloyd Dobler, a high schooler on the cusp of graduation who devotes himself to the pursuit of Diane Court (Ione Skye), the aloof class valedictorian who happens to be beautiful as Corey (Lily Taylor), Lloyd's best friend puts it, "a brain trapped in the body of a game show hostess." When Lloyd calls Diane to invite her to a graduation party, she doesn't know who he is, but she's charmed by his nervous chatter and surprises everyone by accepting. Lloyd at first even manages to charm Diane's overprotective father Jim Court (John Mahoney) as well, with whom Diane is very close, though Jim can't see why his daughter is wasting her time with Lloyd. ^The party scene in SAY ANYTHING ranks among the best ever, with Eric Stoltz making a cameo as the party host, Lily Taylor as the ultimate lovelorn rock chick, and even Chynna Phillips putting in an appearance. After their successful first date, Diane asks Lloyd to dinner with her father and some of his associates; there, when asked his plans for the future, Lloyd lets loose a speech way ahead of its time, which slackers everywhere will be able to appreciate. Unfortunately, Jim Court does not, and Lloyd's professed intention to "spend as much time as possible with your daughter" strikes a chord of horror for him; he wages a campaign to sabotage the relationship, which almost succeeds. But when Jim's secrets come to light, Diane is forced to question who it is she can really trust in her life.^Cameron Crowe's film, which he made when he was only 21, is told with honesty, humor, and emotion that never crosses into the realm of the sappy. Cusack's character, who might verge on the cheesy or the stalkeresque if played by someone else, manages to be a unique, charming, stand-up guy with a heart of gold, while retaining a bit of a dark side that rounds him out. Outstanding performances are turned in by all involved, and this film proves once again Crowe's place as the spokesman for teen love and romance in general.
Plot Summary
Summary John Cusack plays Lloyd Dobler--an average guy with a penchant for kickboxing--in Cameron Crowe's (SINGLES, JERRY MAGUIRE) first film. There is only one thing that all-around nice guy Lloyd wants for his high school graduation: a date with beautiful valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye). Lloyd's dream comes true when Diane accepts his invitation to a graduation party. Diane falls for Lloyd, whose goal is to spend as much time with her as possible. Their budding romance is put to the test when Diane has to choose between pursuing her academic dreams and spending time with him. John Mahoney is first-rate as Diane's father, a single parent who wants only the best for his brilliant daughter but who harbors a serious secret that the IRS is investigating. Like John Hughes's classic films of the 1980s (PRETTY IN PINK, THE BREAKFAST CLUB) that dealt with the trials and tribulations of being a teenager, Crowe's intelligent script and film cut through stereotypes and portray teenagers as real people rather than caricatures.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "...[Cusack is] perfectly attuned to Crowe's insightful script and direction..." -- Rating: A 10/08/1999 pp.74-5
New York Times "...[Cusack] is one of the most accomplished, self-assured young actors around....The film is all charming performances and grace notes..." 04/14/1989 p.C11
USA Today "...A terrific, quirky love story....Crowe has invented a fresh character in Lloyd Dobler, and Cusack has invested him with an ingratiating persona..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 04/14/1989 p.5D
Los Angeles Times "...A living joy..." 04/14/1989 p.C1
Chicago Sun-Times "...[Crowe] seems able to tap directly into his feelings and memories as a teenager....A movie like this is possible because its maker believes in the young characters, and in doing the right thing..." 02/17/2002 p.6
Total Film "...A tender teen romance, blessed with humour and honesty..." 08/01/2003 p.129
Directors
Cameron Crowe
Actors
John Cusack
Ione Skye
Cast & Crew
Loren Dean - Star
Jeremy Piven - Star
Lisanne Falk - Star
Lois Chiles - Star
Jason Gould - Star
Joan Cusack - Star
Bebe Neuwirth - Star
John Mahoney - Star
John Cusack - Star
Pamela Segall - Star
Eric Stoltz - Star
Chynna Phillips - Star
Lili Taylor - Star
Polly Platt - Star
Ione Skye - Star
Don "The Dragon" Wilson - Star
Richard Marks - Co-Producer
Mark Mansbridge - Production Designer
Anne Dudley - Composer
Richard Kendall Gibbs - Composer
James L. Brooks - Executive Producer
Richard Marks - Editor
Jane Ruhm - Costume Designer
Lazlo Kovacs - Director of Photography
Polly Platt - Producer
Nancy Wilson - Additional Music/Songs
Cameron Crowe - Screenwriter
Cameron Crowe - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
Catalog ID 2256089
UPC 00024543024538
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Features
DVD, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Cusack,John
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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