A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.
Release Year: 1989
Rating: 7.5/10 (32,480 voted)
Critic's Score: 86/100
Stars: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney
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.
(as Pamela Segall)
Glenn Walker Harris Jr.
To know Lloyd Dobler is to love him. Diane Court is about to know Lloyd Dobler.
Release Date: 14 April 1989
Filming Locations: Seattle, Washington, USA
Did You Know?
The dojo featured in this movie is the same one that was used in
The Karate Kid as the Cobra Kai dojo.
In the break-up scene in the car the background changes completely. Before the line "You told your dad?" you can see an intersection and a hillside behind them, then after there is a yellow house and two parked cars.
Dude, where'd she dump you, man?
In the car.
Oh man, your car? Man, Dissed in the Malibu. Thats your castle, man.
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
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.