Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Say Anything- Amanda

Well, I think that I will have a change of pace today. I am giving the horror movies a rest for something a little more mainstream- a classic eighties movie called Say Anything(1989). I have a soft spot for some of those 80's movies with stars now mostly forgotten. So, I will start with this great movie starring John Cusack. He stars as Lloyd Dobler, a guy who likes this girl,Diane Court(Ione Skye). He is desperate to go out with her and he thinks that he can win her heart. He is a classic underachiever and she is a brain. Opposites attract and they eventually go out on a date. She is set to go to college and Lloyd wants to get to know her before she leaves. He clashes with her over-protective father , James Court played by John Mahoney. She has to choose between happiness with Lloyd or her duty to her dad.

His friend Corey(Lili Taylor) has an unhealthy obsession with her ex- boyfriend Joe and it is very funny to hear her songs about him. Diane and Lloyd eventually make it together, but after a lot of tears etc. The best part in the movie is when Lloyd stands outside Diane's window with his boom box held over his head playing Peter Gabriel's 'In Your Eyes'. It's really classic eighties stuff. They head off together into the sunset and it is a real feel-good movie that anyone would like. It is directed by Cameron Crowe who directed other hits like Jerry Maguire(1996) and Singles(1992) and who wrote the screenplay for another classic Fast Times At Ridgemont High(1982) and who wrote another movie Almost Famous(2000). John Cusack is totally at home playing the underdog and we are rooting for him by the end. Great stuff. I would recommend it to anyone.


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