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Say Anything is a 1989 High School romance starring John Cusack and Ione Skye. Cusack plays Lloyd Dobler, an unambitious C student who pursues valedictorian Diane Court after graduation. They fall in love, but unfortunately, Mr. Court (played by John Mahoney) doesn't approve of this slacker in his perfect daughter's life.

AFI named this one of the Top 100 romantic movies of the last hundred years, and Roger Ebert considers it the greatest romantic movie made since 1980. There's an iconic scene from this film where Dobler holds a boombox playing Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" over his head. Contrary to what you may have heard, this does not win her back, but that scene has become almost iconic. Also, there's some stuff about the IRS investigating Mr. Court for embezzlement.

Not to be confused with the indie band of the same name.


This film provides examples of:

  • Auto Erotica: Lloyd and Diane finally consumate their relationship in the backseat of Lloyd's car. Lloyd is more nervous than Diane is.
  • Brick Joke: Diane's fear of flying comes back in the end of the film.
  • Broken Pedestal: Diane learns some unpleasant truths about her father.
  • Call Back: The pen.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Averted. Kickboxing star Don "The Dragon" Wilson is an idol of Lloyd, yet he plays Lloyd's sparring partner at the karate gym. Possibly justified to the low status of kickboxing then.
  • Establishing Character Moment: "I don't want to buy anything, sell anything, or process anything as a career."
  • Fake American: John Mahoney. Who knew?
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  Mr. Court: "I'M INCARCERATED LLOYD!"

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  Corey: I wrote 63 songs this year; they're all about Joe, and I'm going to play every single one of them tonight.

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