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Say Anything... (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 April 1989 (USA)
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A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Brooks ...
Rebecca (as Pamela Segall)
Jason Gould ...
Mike Cameron
Charles Walker ...
Russel Lunday ...
Polly Platt ...
Mrs. Flood
Gloria Cromwell ...
Patrick O'Neill ...


High school senior Lloyd Dobler wants nothing more than to go out with beautiful and intelligent Diane Court. Lloyd attempts to win her heart over the objections of her over-protective father before Diane leaves for a scholarship in England. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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To know Lloyd Dobler is to love him. Diane Court is about to know Lloyd Dobler. See more »


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14 April 1989 (USA)  »

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$20,781,385 (USA)

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The dojo featured in this movie is the same one that was used in The Karate Kid (1984) as the Cobra Kai dojo. See more »


When Lloyd is leaving his sister's apartment for the last time, mountains typical of Southern CA and not Seattle are visible through the front windows. See more »


Lloyd Dobler: The rain on my car is a baptism, the new me, Ice Man, Power Lloyd, my assault on the world begins now.
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Written by Robin Zander and Tom Petersson
Produced by Richie Zito
Performed by Cheap Trick
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Romantic Masterpiece
12 November 2003 | by (Georgia, United States) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie solely based on the excellent reviews that it has gotten everywhere. I missed it during its theatrical release (as so many others did) and had the hardest time finding a copy of it at our local video rental stores. Not because it wasn't popular but b/c, according to the clerks, people kept stealing or "losing" their copies...especially around Valentines Day. When I finally got my hands on a copy I was blown away. I had thought this was going to be just another in a long link of Pretty in Pinkish movies with predictable characters and a bad case of puppy love, but what I got was a surprisingly refreshing, unconventional story with a complicated and well-developed emotional depth flawlessly captured by the actors and Cameron Crowe.

And talk about role reversals! I'm so used to seeing the man take the assertive and mature role while courting a woman of limited financial or intellectual means...but in this film it's the girl that's got her future together and the guy who's more than willing to concentrate his attention on making her happy. And Lloyd Dobler isn't just a shiftless man with no future. He's an eternal optimist who lives in the present and recognizes, admires, and compliments the qualities in Diane that go beyond her amazing intellect. She becomes his dare-to-be-great situation and his absolute love and devotion to her is anything but unmanly. The force of it is palatable and immensely erotic without being reduced to cheap teenage lust. The sight of Lloyd in the shadows defiantly blasting out the truth of their love through the boombox is a scene which would have seemed awkward and goofy in any other movie but this one. It's easy to understand why even the critics of the time gave Say Anything two enthusiastic thumbs up. This is one of the few films that really captures the feeling of love.

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