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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. Read critic reviews

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In a charming, critically acclaimed tale of first love, Lloyd (John Cusack), an eternal optimist, seeks to capture the heart of Diane (Ione Skye), an unattainable high-school beauty and straight-A student. It surprises just about everyone when she returns the sentiment. But Diane's overly possessive, divorced father (John Mahoney) doesn't approve and it will take more than the power of love to conquer all.

Cast & Crew

John Cusack
Lloyd Dobler
Ione Skye
Diane Court
John Mahoney
James Court
Lili Taylor
Corey Flood
Jason Gould
Mike Cameron
Joan Cusack
Constance Dobler (uncredited)
Lois Chiles
Diane's Mother (uncredited)
James L. Brooks
Executive Producer
Paul Germain
Associate Producer
Richard Marks
Co-Producer
László Kovács
Cinematographer
Richard Marks
Film Editor
Mark W. Mansbridge
Production Designer
Joe D. Mitchell
Set Decoration
Jane Ruhm
Costume Designer
Judith A. Cory
Hair Stylist
Cheri Minns
Makeup Artist
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Critic Reviews for Say Anything...

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  • Dec 23, 2015
    Pretty solid. This is one of those classic 80s films with very likable characters. It's enjoyable and funny, and the acting and writing are both great. Worth seeing!
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2015
    film was way on front of the times and one of the greatest romantic comedies made. Cameron Crowe should reinvent himself and go back to grassroots. this works.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2014
    John Cusack stars in Cameron Crowe's '80s cult classic Say Anything. A typical teen rom-com, the story follows a high school valedictorian who's been sheltered for most of her life, but when she falls for a young man over the summer she begins to question her priorities. Co-starring Ione Skye, Lili Taylor, John Mahoney, and Eric Stoltz, the cast is rather interesting and the performances are pretty good. However, it's Cusack's charisma that really sells the film and makes the romance work. There are some script problems though, as some of the subplots don't seem to further the main story arc. While there are some problems here and there, overall Say Anything... is an entertaining and heartfelt teen comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2014
    Wow again. A film that inspired so many teen lives and so many parodies. The film that launched Cameron Crowe and John Cusack..just..doesn't..measure..up. Another film that I should have seen as a youth that doesn't do anything for me as an adult.
    John B Super Reviewer

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