No, I’m talking about the film, not Daniel’s post (his thread, rather). Following up my bad experience with Sixteen Candles, I rewatched Say Anything and it really holds up. It’s a delight. It’s funny and sweet and sentimental, but in a good way. John Cusack is great. Cameron Crowe is the real deal.
“What I really want to do with my life, what I want to do for a living, is I want to be with your daughter. I’m good at it.”
Mike: I don’t know you very well, you know, but I wanted to ask you. How’d you get Diane Court to go out with you?
Lloyd: I called her up.
Mike: But how come it worked? I mean, like, what are you?
Lloyd: I’m Lloyd Dobler.
Mike: This is great. This gives me hope. Thanks.
The one thing that’s not right about the film, but I guess I don’t mind, is that they are obviously all college students, not fresh high school graduates. Lloyd is a college dropout. His friends are all college students. Diane is not going off on a scholarship to college. She’s going off to med school.
Oddly, I had an intensely strong, wrong memory about how the film ended. I could have sworn it ended with an external shot of their plane, ascending into the sky, seen from the ground through a chain link fence, while the whole Replacements song “Within Your Reach” plays. Instead, it turns out the Replacements song is only heard briefly, a bit earlier, while they are packing and leaving Lloyd’s apartment; the chain link fence I borrowed from the scene in the prison yard with her dad; and we only see the interior of the plane. Memory is a strange thing.
I picked Regina Spektor, “80’s Dance Anthem”, for “Sixteen Candles”. More appropriate for “Say Anything” is the great Belle Brigade song, “Sweet Louise”.