Friday, January 6, 2012

Movie Vault Review: Say Anything [1989]

* To be categorised in the "Movie Vault" section, the film must have been released at least 5 years prior to the current blog posting date. Year of release applies, not exact month of release.

Year Of Release: 1989
Directed By: Cameron Crowe
Written By: Cameron Crowe
Starring: John Cushack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lily Taylor
In A Nutshell:
Diane Court (played by Ione Skye) is a high-school valedictorian who wins a prestigious scholarship to study in England. Immediately after graduation, Lyold Dobler (John Cushack), who is an average student, aspiring kickboxer, and also absolutely smitten by Diane, attempts to win her heart before she leaves. Diane's father (played by John Mahoney), who is under investigation for tax fraud, sees Lyold as an underachiever and a distraction for Diane, so pressures her to break up with him.
Thumbs Up:
+ Charming, interesting, and believable characters
+ Great performance by John Cushack
+ Sweetly engaging and humorous story
+ Good and enjoyable soundtrack
Thumbs Down:
- Rather simple premise
Selected Quote:
"She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen"
The Verdict Is In:
Emma Stone's character in the recent movie Easy A [2010] not only made a lot of references to 80's movies but also basically described them as the golden era of romantic comedies. She was spot on, as that time period did provide some of the best in the genre. One of the movies she referred to was this directorial debut for Cameron Crowe, Say Anything [1989]. This film has been described as everything from the quintessential 80s movie to the definitive Generation X film.

The characters on display are the highlight of this movie. Although there's nothing extraordinary about the story line, the characters pop-out and charm us. This of course works very well for the film. While stories/plots of a movie keeps us entertained, its the characters that ultimately stays with us. Nostalgic or not, it establishes that personal connection and turns the movie into our favourites. John Cushack and Ione Skye's performances here really do bring to life Cameron Crowe's creations. A must see for all movie lovers... if they haven't seen already!
8.5 out of 10


  1. The only thing I remember from this movie is that Peter Gabriel song, "In Your Eyes".

    Jerry Maguire's my favourite among all of Cameron Crowe's body of work.

  2. Good romance films often do come hand-in-hand with good soundtracks...


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