Friday, March 05, 2010

You know you can Say Anything...

By now, it's a classic story: Boy meets girl, girl has parental issues, boy loses girl, and eventually girl realizes what she's missing.

Lloyd Dobler is an average teenager with a good heart but little ambition. (He thinks he might like to be a kickboxer.) Diane Court is the class valedictorian who has won a prestigious fellowship to study in England. An unlikely pair, you ask? Indeed it is, but they do say that opposites attract.

Diane has always been somewhat aloof, but when Lloyd gets up the courage to ask her out, she says yes because "he makes [her] laugh." Even Diane's overprotective father, Jim, is charmed by Lloyd, but quickly comes to resent him for taking away his last moments with Diane. He sets out to sabotage their relationship, and would have succeeded if his own secrets hadn't come to light. Soon, though, Diane finds herself questioning who in her life she can trust.

In the short time between graduation and Diane's departure, her relationship with Lloyd experiences as many ups and downs as a roller coaster. It would be grating if it weren't so endearing, and Lloyd's scene with the radio outside Diane's radio has become a staple of pop culture.

Poignant and funny, intelligent and honest, Say Anything... is a classic teen movie for Generation X. Life after high school isn't always easy, and it's reasonable to be scared. The point is to try. So fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen, and wait for the No Smoking sign to...


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