I’m in a bit of denial that Say Anything was 25 years ago. Although granted, his overcoat does hysterically scream 80s.
A great romcom? No. Has some great moments, but overall it’s poorly directed, overly simplistic, and scantily written.
Cameron Crowe trying to imitate John Hughes and failing horribly.
Pop culture-wise this film had a significant impact. Endless references and parodies of Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) holding the boombox (with Peter Gabriel whinging out In Your Eyes) in the seemingly definitive romantic moment in teen angst history.
There have been whole relationships won and lost because of men understanding or failing to understand how this boombox image imprinted itself on many a female psyche who just want even one single Lloyd Dobler gesture in their universe.
To me, some of the best parts of this movie were the satellite players, Lili Taylor, John Mahoney, Dan Castellaneta, Jeremy Piven, Eric Stoltz, Joan Cusack, Philip Baker Hall, Bebe Neuwirth, Chynna Phillips, and Lois Chiles.
Then again, it’s easy to nip in and out, not doing the heavy lifting in a lacklustre and confused film.
Amazing soundtrack including:
Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Depeche Mode, etc.