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Say Anything [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: John Cusack
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 3 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,241 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Seven years after he earned his first screen credit as the writer of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, former Rolling Stone writer Cameron Crowe made his directorial debut with this acclaimed romantic comedy starring John Cusack and Ione Skye as unlikely lovers on the cusp of adulthood. The casting is perfect and Crowe's rookie direction is appropriately unobtrusive, no doubt influenced by his actor-loving, Oscar-winning mentor, James L. Brooks. But the real strength of Crowe's work is his exceptional writing, his timely grasp of contemporary rhythms and language (he's frequently called "the voice of a generation"), and the rich humour and depth of his fully developed characters. In Say Anything, Cusack and Skye play recent high-school graduates enjoying one final summer before leaping into a lifetime of adult responsibilities. Lloyd (Cusack) is an aspiring kickboxer with no definite plans; Diane (Skye) is a valedictorian with plans to further her education in Europe. Together they find unlikely bliss, but there's also turbulence when Diane's father (John Mahoney)--who only wants what's best for his daughter--is charged with fraud and tax evasion. Favouring strong performances over obtrusive visual style, Crowe focuses on his unique characters and the ambitions and fears that define them; the movie's a treasure trove of quiet, often humorous revelations of personality. Lili Taylor and Eric Stoltz score high marks for memorable supporting roles, and Cusack's own sister Joan is perfect in scenes with her on- and offscreen brother. A rare romantic comedy that's as funny as it is dramatically honest, Say Anything marked the arrival of a gifted writer-director who followed up with the underrated Singles before scoring his first box-office smash with Jerry Maguire. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Von Pein on Jan. 23 2004
Format: DVD
Cameron Crowe's debut film as a director is a joy to see. Mr. Crowe has done exactly the same thing here, in 1989's "Say Anything...", as he did eleven years later, in his (IMO) masterpiece "Almost Famous". And that is: to create a batch of realistic and, most importantly, likeable characters within the framework of his movie. It's nearly impossible, from this writer's point-of-view, to NOT like each and every one of the characters Cameron has crafted. These characters ring "true", and seem like people everyone would want to have as friends.
"Say Anything" is a pretty simple "boy chasing girl" story. But what makes it special are the characterizations of the boy, the the girl's proud-as-a-peacock father, played perfectly by John Mahoney, in what must certainly be one of the biggest (and best) roles of the actor's film career.
This entire cast is first-rate, right down to the quirky (but completely believable) "best friend", Corey, played nicely by Lili Taylor. But for me, the standout even among this band of standouts is Ione Skye, who portrays Diane Court, the object of John Cusack's desire throughout the film. I challenge any male of the species to not fall for Ione/Diane while watching this movie.
Director/Writer Crowe has struck a perfect balance with Ione's character .... She's smart -- very smart (she's just won a fellowship to a far-away European college). But she never flaunts this in the film. Ione's Diane is still accessible and "real". Not at all snobbish or stand-offish. I'm no filmmaker, but in my mind that balancing act with respect to Miss Skye's character was probably no small either writing, or in acting it out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nearly Nubile on July 5 2004
Format: DVD
Whether it is young John Cusack's skittering sense of comic timing, Yione Skye's riveting beauty (no idea why she hasn't been in other known films!), or the sweet but memorably amusing moments littered throughout this film, there is something very charming about this candypop romance from the 80s.
A dorky but confident guy falls head over heels in love with the school's super brainy girl. Things happen, ups and downs ensue, all leading to an ending that is so satisfying, so overwhelmingly right, that immediately we fall back into step.
My minor grouse with the story was how conveniently the solid parental characterization of the girl's father turns out to be such a snake. One wonders if teenagers may not pick up from this the tired and rather sad message that parents are not to be trusted, no matter how sincere.
But that doesn't detract Say Anything from being a hot recommendation from me, particularly if you have a thing for lovey-dovey light dramas. It generally maintains an intelligent and realistic contour, which is more than one can say for most romantic comedies being made today.
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Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) is infatuated with the class valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye). Diane has been a straight - A student throughout her high school years leaving her to do extra curriculars and school work instead of making friends or even getting to know any of her fellow classmates. This loss she realizes only after graduating from high school. Most school guys are too intimidated to ask her out, but Lloyd is not one of those. Lloyd is a total opposite of Diane. He doesn't make straight A's and he doesn't dedicate his life to school. Intead, he just lives life as it comes and this includes being infatuated with the seemigly unattainable Diane. The story evolves to a love story in which turns into an unforgettable time.
Cameron Crowe comes out with an unforgettable story about how to people from different places and total opposites feeling wise can fall for eachother. I first watched this movie because of the fact that Cameron Crowe is my all time favorite director. Not only was the directing superb. The acting was too. This movie is a total treat for those of you who like "chick-flics"
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This is such a good movie. I wish I had discovered it sooner. I had never seen any of John Cusack's movies until my oldest son (now 20) moved back from Missouri where people thought HE was Cusack. Naturally, we had to watch some of his movies, and Say Anything is the best of the lot thus far.
Being an under-achiever who ended up with a Beautiful Brain (If I ever become a millionaire, I'll already have the trophy wife.) I felt a kinship to Lloyd as he had to work up the courage to call Diane to ask her out. Where so many movies showcase characters that are two-dimensional, Say Anything has three-dimensional characters who behave in a way that most people really do.
As with most reviewers, I feel the most powerful scene was Lloyd with his boombox: One Final Act of Desperation. It just about ripped out my heart the first time I saw it. I bought the soundtrack just to get "In Your Eyes."
Yes, guys, this is ultimately a chick flick, but it has a subtle power that crosses over for anyone who has been dumped and wished for just one more chance. I don't know if this will ever reach the status of a classic, but for me, Say Anything and Casablanca are two movies I will always associate with love lost, and then regained.
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