Sunday, December 30, 2012

Eleven Things That Make Say Anything One of the Best Movies of the Eighties

1. Diane Court's grades and lazar like focus on her intellectual and career ambitions. Her dictionary filled with pages of words with an X next to them, indicating she had looked the word up. She's the one in control in this movie. She's been chased while she is chasing the love of a full life. I LIKE IT.

2. Diane had to go to court to choose a parent and choose her dad. Not that it's good to choose dad over mom or mom over dad, but that even more then than now, choosing a father over a mother was unheard of. Diane's relationship with her dad is close and honest, she thinks. The title Say Anything is unexpectedly more about that relationship than it is about the one with Lloyd.

3. Lloyd's sad but talented guitar playing friend leaves Joe when he asks for sex, despite her previous obsession with him. 

4. Key master!!!

5. The hug in front of Diane's house after her first date with Lloyd was one of the most tender and adorable hugs ever depicted on screen. 

6. Lloyd's speech at the dinner table with Diane and her dad. EPIC.
" I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.... I don't know. I'm not going to figure it out all tonight sir. I just want to hang with your daughter. "

7. Diane tells her dad when she sleeps with Lloyd. " So I decided not to sleep with him. _dad relieved_ But then I attacked him anyway. "

8. Lloyd's letter to Diane. ' Dear Diane, I'll always be there for you. All the love in my heart, Lloyd. '

9.  After Diane breaks up with Lloyd, This line: ' I gave her my heart. She gave me a pen. '

10. ' I got a question? If you guys know so much about women, how come you are here at like, a Gas and Sip on a Saturday night completely alone drinking beers with no women anywhere? '   LONG PAUSE ' By choice, man! '- This scene is perfection. The sad Gas n Sip at midnight, the half drunk group of guys posturing in front and ripping on Lloyd for caring about Diane, and the line Lloyd delivers in that unmistakable John Cusack voice. 

11. The boom box. THE song. The posture and the long look the camera takes at Lloyd's vulnerable, heartbroken face. Timeless and beautiful romanticism. 

Lola and I watched Say Anything tonight together. I was 18 and in love for the first time when I saw this movie, and all these years later here I am eating old Chinese takeout and cuddling on a bed with my beautiful souled girl watching it again. Life. Love. xo

Unknown said...

This movie had a lasting impact on me as a young adult. I can't wait to watch it with my daughters. I so agree with your comments :)

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