Say Anything... (1989)

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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.

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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.

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (8)

Say Anything is an easy film to like.

Apr 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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

Jul 17, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
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At last, a teenage love story with real characters instead of cliches, poses, and attitudes.

Jul 17, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The film is all charming performances and grace notes, but there are plenty of worse things to be.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

A movie like this is possible because its maker believes in the young characters, and in doing the right thing, and in staying true to oneself.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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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
Melvin White

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½

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

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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

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½

A wonderfully laid-back nostalgic filled coming of age story concerning a drifter (John Cusack) who falls in love with a driven, beautiful girl (Ione Skye), and how their relationship unfolds during her last summer home before she goes away to college. Thanks to a screenplay that realistically develops its characters, all while shedding cliches and welcoming aspects like self-doubt into the story, this movie feels just so real. Cusack's and Skye have electric chemistry, and Cameron Crowe's assured direction and knowledge of how young people behaved during this point in time help make it just flat out fun. John Mahoney, as Skye's father, is also given great attention, as well as other dimensions that you don't typically see from a father whose daughter is being pursued by a less than stellar individual. Although it is not necessarily a great, super memorable movie, it has a nice way about it and that iconic Cusack scene is just one of the very many nice touches Crowe inserts into this piece.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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