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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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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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14 April 1989 (USA)  »

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$20,781,385 (USA)
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Producer James L. Brooks said what inspired this movie was an incident where Brooks saw a man walking with his daughter. He saw them and wondered what would happen if the father committed a crime. Those thoughts were used to create the story. See more »

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During the graduation speech Diane's hair switches from completely behind her shoulders to completely in front, and partially in front, and again to the back. See more »

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Lloyd Dobler: Okay, how ya doing? I'm Lloyd, and we're gonna watch the movie "Cocoon." I've never actually seen it, but I heard it's very good, it makes you happy, thats a good thing. It's about a group of older people who go to outer space... hope I didnt give anything away there.
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All For Love
Written by John Bettis and Martin Page
Produced by Richie Zito
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A genuinely sweet, never sappy comedy about first love
23 February 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

In "Say Anything" Cameron Crowe has crafted a one-of-a-kind romantic comedy which avoids at least 90% of the pitfalls one would commonly associate with films within the genre. How does he do it? Simply by avoiding sappy moments, by creating a script that more or less mirrors the bittersweet experience of first love, and by simply, but tastefully guiding the film's visuals and outstanding acting.

"Say Anything" is not completely anti-conventions, and actually uses some wildly popular rom-com conventions to its advantage, but the role reversal (Dobbler being the 'lost' one), interjection of successfully genuine drama, and simple, understated romantic moments make this a wild success. That's not to say that Crowe isn't successful when he goes for the wildly over-the-top sap, because he knows it's sappy, but it does happen in real life. I mean, the over-the-top gestures like the stereo outside the window do occur in reality, and they guys who do them usually are just like Lloyd Dobbler.

Great characters, a great cast, really good writing, and simple but solid direction make this a real winner that is deservedly recognized as a romantic classic.

8.5/10


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