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Say Anything [Blu-ray]

John Cusack    Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
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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

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is simply a classic March 28 2004
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, I'll say anything... Jan. 28 2004
While I have an overwhelming propensity for movies of the eighties, Say Anything was by far one of the most irritating and galling films that I have viewed. In this post-high school graduation tale of woe, John Cusack plays the role of Lloyd Dobler, an aspiring kick-boxer and future welfare recipient who falls for the homely (although in Dobler's eyes, gorgeous), grade-oriented Diane Court (Ione Sky). What results in this oh-so-original concept of two teenagers getting together is a retching quandary of cheesy and clichéd dialogue combined with a feeble attempt at humor and an astounding ascendancy in mediocrity. I was somewhat taken aback by the good reviews this movie garnered, because it is well out of the same league as other 80's romantic comedies such as Pretty in Pink or Mannequin, or even St. Elmo's Fire for that matter (and even that wasn't exactly the pinnacle of badinage). Anyhow, as the film progresses, we are exposed to the repugnant correlation between Lloyd, Diane, and her father (John Mahoney, whose character had me ripping my hair out in choler). You see, Diane has just received a fellowship to prestigious university, and her anal patriarch must see to it that she goes uninhibited, so naturally he is repulsed by her association the winner that is Lloyd Dobler. Lloyd and Diane end up having a bit of mutual predilection, much to the dismay of Diane's father, and they eventually make the sex in the backseat of Diane's brand-new, well-deserved graduation present. This is as far as I recall because I turned off my television in disgust, on account of the fact that I watched a good majority of the movie and nothing funny or anything remotely emotional occurred. If you're ready for an exercise in banal, insipid, and monotonous teenage romantic indyll (in other words, something you see every day in high school), then this film is for you!
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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 girl....plus 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 task...in either writing, or in acting it out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by Dr. I. F. Jagas
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This is a pretty good movie, I bought it because it was mentioned in a movie I loved and thought it would be worth seeing on that basis. Read more
Published 15 months ago by jilly
5.0 out of 5 stars fast shipping, just as described
Fantastic movie from the 80's that I had been looking for for my collection. Love John Cusack! Lloyd Dobbler is the perfect boy!
Published 18 months ago by Sherri
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Romance Classic
It's so pertinent for our times. I think almost anyone can relate something similar in their lives to the scenes in this movie. That's why it's so appealing. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by kkrome25
3.0 out of 5 stars Teen Charmer
A teen movie of the late 80's, I found this charmer, "Say Anything." John Cusak is the quirky misfit teen in love with the unattainable. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by R. A Rubin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Ione Skye is such a fox. I have admired her since
seeing her in Rivers Edge.
Published on June 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm the Key Master / 80's classic
An 80's teen angst romance. Kind of a sappy movie about a Clash t-shirt wearing kickboxing goofy good guy Loyd Dobler from Seattle who falls for Diane the valedictorian of high... Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by N. Damiano
4.0 out of 5 stars You go Loyd Dobler / 80's classic
An 80's teen angst romance. Kind of a sappy movie about a Clash t-shirt wearing kickboxing goofy good guy Loyd Dobler from Seattle who falls for Diane the valedictorian of high... Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by N. Damiano
3.0 out of 5 stars I was forced to watch this.
A friend of my invited me to his house and forced me to watch this because he liked it so much. It was not bad, but not great either. Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...one of the best...
Few movies actually touch you the way "Say Anything..." does. Since you already probably know the story from the editorial reviews above, I will spare you. Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by David Quigley
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