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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
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Romance Classic July 4 2004
Format:DVD
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. In a world where not every guy gets the girl, this is the stuff of dreams...and for a little while, somebody out there who is watching it gets to live that dream.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was forced to watch this. April 26 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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. 'Say Anything' was a nice love story, but I got annoyed by John Cusack's girlfriend's bad acting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is simply a classic March 28 2004
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...one of the best... March 27 2004
Format:DVD
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. John Cusack gives a wonderful performance as Lloyd Dobler...a character many can relate to. He is truly in love, and he plays his thoughtful, though sometimes overexcited character to perfection. Ione Skye is also perfect for her part. The way the two work together in the film gives it a very real, authentic touch.
For those who said the film is dated, of course it is. It was set in 1988. However, the story and theme transcend time and still affect us today. If you have not seen the movie, or even if you have, but don't own the DVD, I recommend you pick yourself up a copy. Treat yourself. They don't make movies like this anymore. The DVD has some cool extra features and the picture and sound quality are about the best they can be. Enjoy it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Come inside John - You'll catch your death!" Feb. 23 2004
Format:DVD
Some Eighties movies aged really well. Some didn't...While the Breakfast Club and Heathers will rightly go on to be remembered as stone cold classics, Say Anything just slips beneath the tide and ebbs away. It starts promisingly enough, with the loner and the weirdo, but for me it never really turns them into a convincing couple - never quite explains their bond. And while the pychological torture of having your father put away is well done, the reunion of Cusack and Skye seems overly strained and somewhat implausible. But Cusack's friends and Skye's father add watchability to the proceedings, and John Cusack begins his movie career as he means to go on - by getting soaked to the skin. For this historical reference point alone, it's worth checking out this movie...
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5.0 out of 5 stars cameron crowe never lets us down Feb. 12 2004
Format:DVD
i heard once that john cusack and cameron crowe were out to eat not long after this film was released. a young girl walked up to cusack and asked, "are you lloyd dobbler?" he answered, "on a good day."
cameron crowe has created the perfect female fantasy played by the perfect leading man. lloyd is unsure of himself, yet willing to put his heart on the line. he's what every woman wants and what everyman should want to be.
this dvd has some pretty interesting behind the scenes extras and deleted scenes too!
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3.0 out of 5 stars cute although a little dated now Jan. 29 2004
Format:DVD
John Cusack's lovelorn, bumbling character is endearing in this movie as he woos the high school valedictorian in the couple's last summer before college and/or real life beckons. The attitudes, slang, and even the music, I am sorry to report---all seem a little dated now. The acting is well-done all down the line, from Cusack's wise-cracking, broken hearted gal- pal, to his love's financially strapped father who resorts to unethical dealings in order to finance his dreams for his daughter.
Some of the premises are also funnily flawed----who, even the brightest high schooler, gets a "fellowship" grant to study in Britain before setting foot in an American university?(...)
Just a little raunchy but essentially sweet and modest in tone, here is teenage life of the 1980, still fresh from the "angst aspect" even though dated otherwise.
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