• Aimee Spencer Tiemann


Say Anything celebrates 30 years of what John Cusack and Cameron Crowe describe as “Optimism as Revolutionary Act”

I can still remember when I saw Lloyd Dobler for the first time. My stomach dropped and my heart skipped a beat.

I dreamed of the day a man would be sitting outside my house, boombox in hand, as “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel played on full blast. I believe this was the romantic gesture in Hollywood history.

Sure, stalkerish to some. But to me? That's commitment.

Do you ever have that movie you watch over and over again, and it never becomes old?

I remember watching Say Anything three times straight in one day.

In truth, it was to avoid reading Ernest Hemingway’s "The Man and the Sea." I had a book report due that I just dreaded every time I picked up the book.

Let’s get real

I don’t know about you, but I was so sick of the strapping handsome jock getting the girl. A story line that is so tired and overrated.

I loved the fact that Diane Court was a brain trapped in the body of a game show host. She was the beautiful valedictorian who chose the beloved underdog Lloyd Dobler. And Lloyd Dobler lived his life to be with a girl like Diane Court.

Lloyd Dobler created “Friends with Potential”

Diane Court: I just can't have any social life right now.

Lloyd Dobler: Don't worry about it. We're just having coffee. We'll be anti-social.

Diane Court: Be friends?

Lloyd Dobler: Yeah. With potential.

For all you young folks, that's a politer way of saying “friends with benefits.”

Lloyd Dobler knew what he wanted out of life, and what he didn’t

Lloyd was a character, as we see in this quote, which is both hilarious and telling.

“I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.”

Here are 10 other things you may not have known about Say Anything and the cast

  1. Cameron Crowe never wrote a love story, until Say Anything. In fact, in 2009 he said, “It’s a very personal movie, and it reminds me of falling in love, falling out of love, and falling back in love with life and all the unexpected glories and pain that happen along the way.”

  2. Robert Downey Jr. turned down the role as Lloyd Dobler. Christian Slater was also under consideration.

  3. Say Anything introduced the sport of kickboxing to the world.

  4. Ione Skye, who played Diane Court, was completely opposite of the character she played in real life.

  5. John Cusack kickboxes in real life.

  6. The studio had little faith in the movie until Siskel and Ebert gave the movie two thumbs “way up.”

  7. John Cusack almost recreated the famous boombox scene at a Peter Gabriel concert in 2012, but he decided to bow down and hand the boombox to Gabriel instead.

  8. Say Anything was almost a sitcom in 2014 until Crowe put a stop to it

  9. Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam appears in the movie as a cab driver that eyes Diane Court

  10. Ione Skye claims to have gotten rather turned on in the monumental car scene with Cusack. She said in one interview, “If we did haven’t have a boyfriend and girlfriend at the time, we probably would’ve gone home together.”

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In the great words of Diane Court and Lloyd Dobler, Say Anything was this:

Diane Court: Nobody thinks it will work, do they?

Lloyd Dobler: No. You just described every great success story.

How are you celebrating 30 years of the greatest love story of all time? I know how I am. A boombox, Peter Gabriel on repeat, and a night with Diane Court and John Cusack.