I had quite high hopes for this 80s movie, which I’d surprisingly never seen before. Whilst totally dissing one of my faves, She’s Out of Control, Roger Ebert gave Say Anything high praise. Entertainment Weekly named it the best modern movie romance in its 2002 list. Entertainment Weekly ranked it #11 on its list of best high school movies.
Was I disappointed? Sort of.
Backstory: the film is about Diane Court (Ione Skye) who is the picture perfect straight-A student who “doesn’t know how hot she is”. Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), an aspiring kickboxer, worships her from afar. He finally gets the nerve to ask her out on the day of their graduation and they attend a party together – and romance blossoms from there.
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with this movie. Heck, John Cusack could just stand on screen and tap his foot for 90 minutes and I’d think it was pretty cool. But I think the problem with high expectations is that you’re much more likely to be disappointed.
I enjoyed watching, I loved John Cusack, Ione Skye was very 80s-beautiful in that unthreatening, girly way. All the parts were played well, the pace moved along quite nicely. I think the problem was, I just didn’t BELIEVE it. I didn’t see the chemistry between Diane and Lloyd. It seemed like they were only dating for a week (it was meant to be a couple of months) and yet he loses his mind over her? I know he was portrayed as quite eccentric and all, but I felt like we missed a step somewhere along the line.
It’s a movie I’d happily watch again, but it certainly wouldn’t go on my list of favourites. I do think I need to watch it again – everyone seems to love it so much that I feel like I need to give it another go!