Say Anything Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Joan Cusack

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Say Anything

Lloyd Dobler met Diane Court at the mall. They ate together and he fell in love. After graduation he calls and askes her on a date and after a bit of persuasion she accepts because he made her laugh. She receives a scholarship that will take her to England at the end of the summer. For three months she and Lloyd are virtually inseperable, until tragedy strikes the Court family. Diane breaks up with Lloyd and breaks his heart, and it takes a lot for forgiveness to happen.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Colleen

Lloyd Dobler (Cusack) is a quiet and earnest but extraordinary guy who thinks he's nothing special. He likes kickboxing and has a noble heart, and he wants more than anything to date the beautiful and brilliant school valedictorian, Diane Court (Skye). The summer after their graduation, she accedes to his niceness and persistence, and their relationship grows despite the misgivings of her overprotective father (Mahoney), who manages a nursing home. Besides the father's disapproval, Lloyd is facing a deadline: Diane has a scholarship to go to England at the end of the summer. This sweet and sincere 1989 film by writer-director Cameron Crowe has almost no shocking drama or real villain, but is effective and moving, like its hero.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

This is a story of normal people coping with real-world problems. Diane's relationship with her father is convincing, as are his motives for doing what he does, even though it's wrong. She loves him and wants to do right by him. That puts her in conflict with her devotion to Lloyd, an aimless young man who captures her heart. Her father is against the relationship because he views Lloyd as an obstacle to his daughter's success. Lloyd is one of the most honestly told and played characters I've seen, and one I can relate to as a man.
The review of this Movie prepared by a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

It's the best teenage love story of the eighties with the best love song of the eighties. Say Anything tells the story of Lloyd and Diane's budding relationship. Diane is a genius and Lloyd is an "ordinary" guy. The relationship gets rocked when Diane's father gets indicted for stealing money from old people in his nursing home. It's a feel good story. It's a date movie.
The review of this Movie prepared by Kelly Alleman

A new classic. It's a story of a very confident and determined guy who dreams of being in love with a girl that's obviously out of his league. Plus, a really great scene with a jukebox and "In Your Eyes" By Peter Gabriel.
The review of this Movie prepared by Kyle

Script Analysis of Say Anything

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   matchbreaker interference Lover is...    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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