she liked Imaginary Men best of all

“The world is full of guys, be a man, don’t be a guy”

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Entertainment Weekly has a great feature this week about the 20th – that’s right folks, 20th anniversary of Say Anything (which for some reason is not up on their site). Author Jason Adams actually tried the boom box/Peter Gabriel  iconic moment on a girlfriend in high school. Then got to report to Cameron Crowe and John Cusack how it went which is pretty damn cool.

This movie is perfect. If you are a female between the ages of 32-40, you know this movie is perfect. It is such a lovely depiction of first love – in all its realness and pain and ecstasy and confusion and joy and excitement and heartbreak. When I watch it still gives me goosebumps like it did when I saw it the first time.

It has great lines: “I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen”; great songs: “Joe lies! When he cries”; the Gas n’ Sip Guys doling out advice on a Saturday night “with no women anywhere”; “Diane Court Whoa!”, Lloyd’s nervous talking; Diane Court’s preppy outfits; the card; Lloyd’s “tips, English tips”;  Lloyd’s explanation for how he got Diane to go out with him: “I’m Lloyd Dobler.”

Check out this original trailer – and the cheesefest 80’s casio music that accompanies it!:

In Dublin this summer John Cusack came into the restaurant where we were eating. When I saw him all I could think about was this movie, was Lloyd Dobler, was the tagline: To know Lloyd Dobler is to love him. Diane Court is about to know Lloyd Dobler.

A year or so ago it was on TV and I watched it with my husband and his non-reaction should have been a sign we were doomed! While I was sobbing at the end – the final scene in the plane is absolute perfection – he was bored and ready to turn the channel the second the bell went off. Yup. He was no Lloyd Dobler. Which I think is likely a very big relationship problem for women my age in general.

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

One thought on ““The world is full of guys, be a man, don’t be a guy”

  1. ok, first of all… saw John Cusak in person and didn’t need to call me for bail money??? how is that possible???? I read this article last night and found myself still swooning about Lloyd Dobler. As much as I love the Lloyd’s of the fantasy world, man, it sure sets us up for some big disappointments when we meet the real men of the world.

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