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.