Say Anything... (1989)



Critic Consensus: One of the definitive Generation X movies, Say Anything is equally funny and heartfelt -- and it established John Cusack as an icon for left-of-center types everywhere.

Movie Info

A high-school valedictorian begins dating an irresponsible army brat, much to the dismay of her father. After breaking off the relationship and being pursued for the remainder of the summer by the boy she dropped, she finds that there's much more to life than just perfection.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Cameron Crowe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2002
20th Century Fox Film Corporat


as Diane

as Corey

as Constance

as Vahlere

as Principal

as Mrs. Flood

as Mrs. Evans

as Sheila

as Sandra

as Mr. Taylor

as Mrs. Kerwin

as Agent Stewart

as Saleswoman

as Shop Customer

as IRS Secretary

as U.S. Attorney

as Court's Attorney

as Nose-Setter

as Man in Kickboxing Do...

as Mrs. Court

as Partyer

as Sparring Partner

as Rebecca
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Critic Reviews for Say Anything...

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (7)

Cusack and Skye's relationship develops nicely and believably, but Crowe has not written an entirely convincing character for the latter to play.

Full Review… | July 17, 2007
Top Critic

At last, a teenage love story with real characters instead of cliches, poses, and attitudes.

Full Review… | July 17, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

he love story is as old-fashioned as the jokes are old hat, but Crowe's amusing script and unforced direction allow the actors to develop reasonably authentic characters from stereotypical roles.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is all charming performances and grace notes, but there are plenty of worse things to be.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Cameron Crowe's graduation-speech homilies are given an effervescent sincerity by John Cusack.

Full Review… | June 3, 2015

Cameron Crowe creates a beautiful film filled with uncertainties and paints romance as horrifying, but an experience that's also very much worth it.

Full Review… | February 15, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Say Anything...


Lloyd Dobler: I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen.

"She's got everything going for her. He's going for her with everything he's got."

Say Anything is every bit the classic romantic comedy I expected. Cameron Crowe is a good, if slightly cutesy writer and director, and Say Anything is a great film from him. The movie has the 80's written all over it and has some of the more recognizable lines and scenes of that decade. Plus it has John Cusack giving the best performance I've seen from him and also Ione Skye who plays his love interest is terrific as well.

Lloyd has just graduated high school, but has no ambitions of what to do now. All he knows is he wants Diane Court, a brilliant girl who graduated with him, but nobody really knows because she was off taking college classes. Lloyd begs a date out of her and before long she starts falling for him, which her father disapproves of strongly. So who will she choose, her dad or Lloyd?

I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. It isn't a masterpiece or anything like that, but it's a really good and fun romantic comedy. John Cusack is phenomenal as the babbling underachiever Lloyd and Ione Skye makes it easy to see why Lloyd fell so head over heels for Diane. Say Anything is certainly one that is worth watching.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Ione Skye's performance can be super shaky, but, other times, especially the ending, she's on the top of her game. A contemporary model of how to do these "youth" movies right.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

There may be films that make you question romance, and whether it is all worth it, but this film is completely different. It is a confirmation that love exits, and no matter what the circumstances may be, giving up everything will be worth it in the end. "Say Anything" follows Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), a lowlife, high-spirited teenager who's only life promise is to be with Diane Court (Ione Skye). This film provides the essentials in romance filmmaking, having the jocks, the assholes, the pretty boys, the drunks and crack addicts, but most of all, the middle man, who understands everything, but is unsure of what to make of his life. When Diane's father begins to prevent their connection, it will tug on your heartstrings until the snap. "Say Anything" is not just an amazing film, but it is one of the best romance films that I have ever seen! If you have not seen this film, you have no idea what you are missing!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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